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Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet

Datura metel 'Purple Queen'

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Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet (Datura metel 'Purple Queen') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet flowers

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet (Datura metel 'Purple Queen') at Echter's Nursery & Garden Center

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet in bloom

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 feet

Spread:  6 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Black Datura, Horn Of Plenty, Thorn Apple

Description:

A short lived, fast growing perennial with spectacular deep purple double trumpets with white insides; fruits are knobby and not spiny; all parts of this plant are highly poisonous

Ornamental Features

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet features showy purple trumpet-shaped flowers with white overtones along the stems from early to late summer. Its attractive large heart-shaped leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet will grow to be about 6 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 6 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Purple Queen Devil's Trumpet is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Garden  Groundcover  Naturalizing  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture 
Ornamental Features

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