Pollinator gardens are a wonderful way to support local ecosystems and provide habitat for bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. For those living in the low desert regions, it can be challenging to find plants that thrive in the harsh conditions. However, one plant that is well-suited for a low desert pollinator garden is Datura wrightii, also known as sacred datura. sacred thorn apple and Jimsonweed.
If you’re interested in creating a low desert pollinator garden, Datura wrightii is a great choice. Its large, showy flowers are sure to attract pollinators, and its drought tolerance and fast growth rate make it a low-maintenance option for your garden. Just be sure to keep children and pets away from the plant, as all parts are toxic if ingested.
Flowers: J F M A M J J A S O N D
Origin: Southwest United States, Northern Mexico
Family: Solanaceae (Potato family)
Size: 3-4 feet tall and wide
Sun: Full to part shade
Watering: Once established, water deeply every 2-3 weeks. Datura wrightii is drought-tolerant, so be sure not to overwater.
Growth Rate: Fast
Soil: Well-draining soil with some organic matter
Temperature: Can tolerate high heat but is sensitive to frost
Disease and Pests:
Uses: Larval Host for the Pink Spotted Hawkmoth, Rustic Sphinx Moth, Five Spotted Hawkmoth. Datura wrightii is a favorite of sphinx moths, which are important pollinators. It also attracts other pollinators such as bees and butterflies.
Notes: Extracts from this plant and its relatives are narcotic and, if ingested, potentially lethal.
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