Brugmansia × insignis
Datura insignis Barb.Rodr.
Flower of the cultivar 'Dr. Seuss'
Photograph by: Eric Hunt
Brugmansia × insignis is a shrub or a small tree; it can grow up to 4 metres tall[
The plant is harvested from the wid for local use as a medicine and hallucinogenic. It is often grown in the ornamental garden, where it is valued especially for its long-lasting display of trumpet-shaped flowers[
The seeds are narcotic, dulling the senses and understanding, and they are occasionally administered with evil intent as a powder in food. Some native people assert that there are those who have gone mad merely by lying down to sleep in the shade of these trees[
A hybrid of garden origin.
Not known in the wild.
|Cultivation Status||Cultivated, Ornamental, Wild
Plants are not capable of withstanding more than the occasional light frost.
Easily grown in full sun or semi-shade[
]. Prefers a moist but well-drained soil of a light texture[
Plants can produce flowers through much of the year[
Hallucinogen. The stem is scraped, placed in a large pot, boiled all day, and then strained and boiled further, after which the decoction is drunk. Said to induce a comatose state the effects of which are long-lasting (24 hours or longer). Overdoses are said to be fatal. Used much less frequently than Banisteriopsis and on an individual, rather than communal, basis. Nevertheless, its use is considered to be a significant aspect of shamanistic training and knowledge[
Seed - germinates best at a temperature around 20°c[
]. Many species in this genus produce little, if any, fertile seed[
]. In addition, this species is a hybrid and any seedlings produced are likely to be quite variable[
Cuttings of semi-ripe wood with a heel. It roots best if given bottom heat at about 17°c[
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