Thornapple

Poisonous Poisonous Autumn Autumn Spring Spring Summer Summer

This deadly poisonous plant from the Nightshade family is usually only found in gardens and flower beds but you can come across it as an escapee in the wild as it is an aggressive weed.

Hedgerow Type
Common Names Thornapple
Scientific Name Datura stramonium
Season Start Jun
Season End Oct
Please note that each and every hedgerow item you come across may vary in appearance to these photos.

Leaves

Dark green on top, lighter underneath. The leaves are shiny and largely toothed or scalloped around the edges.

Flowers

White, long and trumpet shaped ending in five points emerging from a fairly long green calyx.

Seeds

Many small black seeds are within the conker like pod.

Seed Pods

A conker like spikey green pod which splits into four releasing the seeds. Can be found with spineless ‘conkers’.

Habitat

Mainly planted in formal gardens and flowerbeds but can occasionally be found elsewhere when it has escaped.

Smell

Thornapple is described as foul smelling.

Frequency

Uncommon.

Medicinal Uses

Was used as an analgesic by some ancient cultures and in Europe it was used as an anti-inflammatory particularly for haemorrhoids and also used to treat epilepsy and convulsions.

Other Facts

Thornapple has been used by South American shamens to enter altered states and also as a recreational drug producing hallucinations but both shamen and recreational users have died using Thornapple as its toxic tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine can vary in amount and ratio from plant to plant.

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