Sacred Moonflower Seeds

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For a limited time only we are offering genuine Sacred Moonflower (Datura wrightii) seeds.
13 Seeds in a Packet, one packet per order.

For shamanic, magical, decorative/landscaping, and historical use only.  For sale only to United States addresses.  This is NOT the moonflower you find on the seed racks in stores (that one is great too, but it is not as fragrant and is much more like a white, vining morning glory Ipomoea alba.)

To complete your Moon garden, consider including the Sacred Moonflower (Datura wrightii), sometimes known as Toloache.  This striking, extremely fragrant flower blooms just before dusk and stays through the night until the warmth of day closes the flowers.  These striking "pentacle" trumpet flowers occur from May through November in most areas of the U.S.  At each of the points of the pentacle flowers is at delicate Witchy spiral.

popThe fragrance of the flowers is intoxicating and has made me nearly swoon near Midsummer when she is at her peak.  You can smell her from 20 feet away!  The foliage, stems, and roots are foul smelling if you crush or break them, but if you do not mess with her, she sends you only the fragrance of fine, floral ecstasy.

In the evening when I see a flower pod just about to open, I sometimes blow on it and make a wish.  When her flower pops open from my breath, I'm rewarded with the bright lemony fragrance that will slowly fade to a deep gardenia-like floral.  You can try this too.  It only takes a little practice to get to know which flowers are about to pop, they look like the spiral pentagram shape in the photo that I redrew with photo-shop effects.  This odd contrast in the picture is somewhat similar to how she looks in moonlight.

She is a wonderful plant for use around magical circles and Witch gardens, and the Datura genus has a body of literature surrounding its magical uses.  There is always a crackle of magical energy in the air when she is around.

Officially, she is a short-lived perennial in USDA zones 9-11 and can be grown as an annual anywhere - but read further to see the areas we have been able to grow her easily as a perennial or self-seeding annual!  She tends to self-seed in the spot you originally planted her.

While they are open, the flowers are often pollinated by a wide variety of beneficial insects.  In the mornings I have observed honey bees, syrphids, and over ten types of native bees.  But their primary pollinator shows up in the evening. . . welcome the hummingbird moths (Hawk Moths or Sphinx Moths - Sphingidae).  The caterpillars (larvae) of these moths are the large, green hornworms or tobacco worms you find on tomato plants.  We use Sacred Moonflower in our herb gardens at the PaganPath Sanctuary, far away from the tomato plants in order to bait them away from the food crops while providing them a habitat.  These large moths are beautiful, and it is magical to watch them visit the flowers with their loooong tongues.

This plant is very special to me, and I can tell you the story of the Mother of your seeds:

In 1989-1990 I lived in a "shared living household" (non-religious commune) of hippies and freethinkers.  A Crone who lived there and directed most of the gardening had obtained these seeds from a Shaman in the far South-West U.S.  She gave me a small Sacred Moonflower plant when I moved out, and this became the Mother of thousands of new Sacred Moonflowers.  That original Mother plant moved with me from apartment to apartment, and through the years to my various relocations in the Pacific North-West, the Mid-West and now the Middle-South of the United States.  It has prospered for me in every USDA hardiness zone from 4a to 8a but I coddle her and cover her in the winter in warm microclimates, or bring her indoors in cold climates (and always save seeds just in case).  Because of this hardiness, I have often wondered if the Crone who gave me the plant had crossed it with the D. innoxia species to increase its hardiness, but the leaf veining, petal count and all other features are wrightii so maybe this is careful gardening, a very hardy variety, or there is magic afoot!

Datura wrightii purpleMost of our seedlings create deep, green foliage with a red or purple tint on green stems.  The flowers are usually white, but often begin the evening with an ultraviolet/purple ring as pictured here.  When you have your blacklight out in the tomato beds looking for tomato hornworms in the middle of the night (because we all do that LOL) take a look at your Sacred Moonflower with the blacklight.  It is amazing!hornworm

The narcotic properties of the Datura genus have been known since before recorded history.  Due to the potentially toxic nature of this plant, We only offer it for sale every few years and in limited quantities.  This is something to consider before you plant!  It does not hurt you to touch it, and I have used her dried flowers in incense.  This incense is for outdoor use only due to the potential of the smoke to contain toxic components.  The only time she has ever hurt me was many years ago when I tried to take her seeds too soon from a prickly dried seed pod (thornapple).  She pricked my finger to let me know to wait.

When these thornapples are green, the spines are flexible and soft, but as they ripen and dry out they become stiff and prickly.  Finally, they burst open, tossing her seeds far and wide.  Instead of getting pricked by the dried seed pods, now I cover the ready-to-burst pods in a small paper sack and let her package them for me.Datura wrightii thornapple

There is a lot of fear surrounding this plant, and perhaps that is best.  It is not something anyone should play around with.  However, plants don't have legs.  She won't jump out and attack you.  But, if you mess with her she will put off that Solanaceae smell to warn you to stay away.  That Solanaceae fragrance is similar to other plants in the Nightshade family (belladonna, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, tomatoes).  If you consume her, she will harm if you are lucky or kill you if you aren't.

There have been many deaths reported due to the ingestion of Datura species.  Every few years kids will decide that they can get high from the plant and will put the seeds into hard liquor.  They end up in the hospital or dead and peers and parents are outraged, communities try to ban the plant, and stupidity breeds stupidity.  This is a tragic situation so it is important that you know that the plant is NOT to been ingested.

If you live in a high traffic area, consider planting your Sacred Moonflower in the back yard, away from people, neighborhood children, and bored teenagers.  I have developed a deep relationship with this plant and can tell you that after stupidly experimenting with it for years in my dumb-and-young days (and luckily living to tell about it) that there are better ways to enter into a shamanic state of consciousness and that Sacred Moonflower does not "get you high".  So Do Not Consume!  Danger, here be dragons and madness!  She is a magical plant and should be respectfully grown for her historical significance, landscape charm, and magical properties.

When grown indoors I select a very bright location and a large pot (about 3-5 gallons / 11-19 liters) and allow her to go semi-dormant in the winter by reducing water (just slightly) and not panicking when she drops leaves.  I almost lost her once but kept watering the bare soil in her pot when it started to get too dry, and in the spring she re-appeared.  I have been cloning her from cuttings and root sections for years.  For three years I was able to propagate a variegated form that volunteered in the seedbed, but, it did not survive a midwest winter of -27°F (-14°C).  Still, your seeds might surprise you with an assortment of variations in flower color (purple ring, pink ring or usually all white) or leaf and stem color (more purple, more red, variegation).

The plant is 3-6 feet tall and mounding.  Medium-dry soil. Most any soil type. U.S. native.  Five fused "pentacle" petals on large, 4-inch to 6-inch trumpet flowers.

Sacred Datura is sometimes referred to in herbals and botanical texts as: Datura inoxia ssp. quinquecuspida (), Datura metel var. quinquecuspida, toloatzin, tolguache, or Toloache.  However, Sacred Datura specifically refers to Datura wrightii.

Common names for Datura: Jimson Weed; Angel's Trumpets, Devil's Apple; Thorn Apple; Stinkweed; Devil's Weed; Malpitte; Moonflower; Toloache

Datura is currently uncontrolled in the United States, though it has been outlawed for human consumption in a few states.  All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of poison and may be fatal if ingested by humans and other animals, including livestock and pets. In some places, it is prohibited to buy or cultivate Datura plants.  Please adhere to your local laws.

Contain Scopolamine, Atropine, noratropine, apoatropine, meteloidine, norscopolamine, aposcopolamine, tropine, pseudotropine and many other toxic chemicals.  These alkaloid and glycosides should not be consumed! Just to give you an idea of the danger here, ingestion of solanine is characterized by gastrointestinal disorders (diarrhoea, vomiting, abdominal pain) and neurological disorders (loss of muscle control and headache) about 8-10 hours after ingestion.  Ingestion of tropanes causes dry mouth, dilated pupils, inability to control muscles, peeing yourself, convulsions, coma, and death.  Not a pretty way to die.  For those familiar with Erowid: trip reports are overwhelmingly negative, with words such as "unpleasant" and "dangerous" being used frequently.


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