Angel's Trumpet

Also known as:
Datura
Family:
Solanaceae
Origin:
Peru, Columbia

General description

Soft, woody perennial shrub <3m tall. Large ovate, soft, alternate dark green leaves covered in fine hairs. Large, trumpet-like, night-scented hanging flowers (all year round) in white to pink or apricot shades. Rarely fruits.

Waste areas, forest margins, near settled areas.

Doesn’t seed. Spreads from cuttings & garden debris.

The plant is poisonous to humans.

Site management

Follow up for seedlings & stump regrowth.

Recommended approaches

1. Pull up all small plants
2. Cut & stump paint or frill (100ml/L Tordon BK or triclopyr 100ml/1L or Vigilant gel).
3. Paint a 70cm high collar around stem (Vigilant) to kill standing.
4. Make 2 cuts either side of stem & fill each cut (1.5mls Tordon BK).
5. Spray Oct - Feb (60ml triclopyr +10ml penetrant/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

woolly nightshade
Solanum mauritianum

Woolly nightshade has small violet star shaped flowers and round yellow fruit when ripe.

devil's fig
Solanum torvum

Devil's fig has lobed leaves and star shaped flowers.

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RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
angel's trumpet - Main species image