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Moonflowers
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dig    Posted 09-08-2002 at 10:17:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife stopped at a garage sale yesterday and while she was digging through the piles I got to talking to the owner and saw this bush with big, white trumpet shaped flowers. I asked and was told it's a moonflower. The owner gave me half a dozen seeds. Anybody know anythng about them? The search engines just keep coming up with New Age touchy-feely sites.


N    Posted 09-09-2002 at 10:51:02       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Yes they are poison. Also known as Angel's Trumpet and jimsonweed.

The spiny one-inch pods contain a large number of just-bigger-than-the-head-of-a-pin size seeds with enough papery material around them you can hold them.

They do seem to take forever. I have four, two in part shade and two in full sun. The sun ones are 3 ft tall and blooming and the part shade ones are not producing even a hint of the blooms and are only 11/2 ft tall. I've been told although they like full sun, they also need some water.

but boy they smell good!


WallSal55    Posted 09-08-2002 at 17:38:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Moonflowers are supposed to be highly fragrant
in the evening (as most white flowers are).
On www.weather.com Click on Green Thumb Club
message boards for all your gardening questions.
Many experienced gardeners there.


Tom A    Posted 09-08-2002 at 17:25:42       [Reply]  [Send Email]
They're warm weather annual plants, so wait for next year before you plant them. You should score or nick the seed case with a knife, then soak it in warm water for a few hours before planting. They really prefer full sun for best blooming. Ours have also been very slow to get started blooming, lots of green and no flowers and then all of a sudden in early August it seems they're covered with blooms. Ours start blooming in the afternoon and stay open til after dark.

good luck,
Tom


P    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:50:24       [Reply]  [No Email]

I'm trying to put a pic of a moonplant here, but it may, or may not work - LOL!


dig    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:53:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's it. The one I saw is ~3 feet high and ~4 feet in diameter and covered with flowers and seeds.


Phyllis    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:33:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi. I know the plant you're talking about. I have them here in the yard, and in the pasture. They get really bushy, and are not a vine. I call them moonplants, instead of moonflowers. They make the huge, fragrant white flowers, and the blooms open up in the evening. They will grow in part shade or sun, but mine seem to do best in a partly shady area, like under the oak trees. They like to grow around compost piles and areas like that also. They are in the datura family, and are poison, so be sure the kiddos don't get a hold of the seeds, leaves, roots or any part of it. I may be able to post a picture in a little bit.


dig    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:50:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I forgot to say the seeds are around an inch in diameter and covered with really sharp spines. The woman I got them from said to let them dry out over the winter, then next Spring "stomp them into the ground." I was wondering if they're supposed to be full-sun, part-sun, or what.

Thank you.


Moonflower    Posted 09-08-2002 at 10:44:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Is this what you are talking about?

http://forums.gardenweb.com/forums/load/nwest/msg0811145123084.html


nanci    Posted 07-05-2004 at 14:27:43       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 2 beautiful moon plants growing, one 3 years old and the other 2 years old. This year I put a decorative iron panel leaning up against the house because the folage has grown so much. I have about 12 or more blossoms that flower every night. I was looking for the scientic name of this plant. Or the proper name if anyone knows it.



dig    Posted 09-08-2002 at 11:01:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Very well could be. The leaves and the flowers look right. I thought it's a bush. But it could be just growing on a bush.

Thank you.


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