Common Names: Jimsonweed, thornapple, purple trumpet, Devil's snare, hell's bells, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, tolguacha, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, pricklyburr, devil’s cucumber
A foul-smelling, erect, annual, freely branching herb that forms a bush up to 60 to 150 cm tall. The root is long, thick, fibrous and white. The stem is stout, erect, leafy, smooth, and pale yellow-green. The stem forks off repeatedly into branches, and each fork forms a leaf and a single, erect flower. The leaves are about 8 to 20 cm long, smooth, toothed, soft, and irregularly undulated. The upper surface of the leaves is a darker green, and the bottom is a light green. The fragrant flowers are trumpet-shaped, white to creamy or violet, and 6 to 9 cm long, and grow on short stems from either the axils of the leaves or the places where the branches fork. The calyx is long and tubular, swollen at the bottom, and sharply angled, surmounted by five sharp teeth. The corolla, which is folded and only partially open, is white, funnel-shaped, and has prominent ribs. The flowers open at night, emitting a pleasant fragrance. The egg-shaped seed capsule is 3 to 8 cm in diameter and either covered with spines or bald. At maturity, it splits into four chambers, each with dozens of small, black seeds.
Found in waste areas, along the edge of beaches, roadsides, flower gardens, and other places where weeds occur. Blooms in summer.
Primary Flower Color: White
Secondary Flower Color: Blue/Purple