Thorn-apple - Datura stramonium

    Alt Name
    Thorn Apple

    Medium to tall, erect, foetid plant, often reaching 1.5 metres or more in height. Leaves oval to elliptical, usually lobed and with jagged teeth. Flowers white (occasionally purplish) erect, funnel shaped, 50 to 100 mm long, solitary at the axils of the upper leaves. Sometimes in the forks of branches. Calyx large half the length of the corolla, sharply angled. Fruit an erect spiny egg shaped capsule.

    Identification difficulty

    Bare places, waste ground.

    When to see it

    July to October.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Irregular and spasmodic in appearances, mainly in southern Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Uncommon in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 14 of the 617 tetrads.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map