Monday, March 07, 2011

Sound the Trumpets in Jamaica


This is Datura which belongs to the witches weeds such as nightshade and mandrake.
Because it contains tropane alkaloids such as scopolamine,
flowers and seeds are considered a hallucinogen.
I once grew this plant but mine only got 3 feet high before that winter,
and yet, new plants emerged that spring.
  

This is Beaumontia grandiflora or Easter Lily vine originally from Nepal and supposed
to be fragrant although my nose was too far away to verify.  
I did not see any fruit but it can be as large as a squash.  Is it just me or is
the shape of the buds sexy?


This could be allamanda  but I am not sure.  It is supposed to smell like
fruit, but in the rain I could not tell.  It is fairly common in Florida.  (Better views
if you click on the photos.)

10 comments:

Brian Miller said...

lovely flowers...

One Woman's Journey said...

Beautiful. I remember so many plants familar to this area and not to big - were gigantic on this tropical island.

Shanae Branham said...

Very informative. I am happy to be your newest follower!

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Lovely daturas. Recognisable by their trumpets!

Beverly said...

I did not know there was really mandrakes....Harry Potter has them at Hogwarts....

Kat said...

Wow. Just gorgeous! I can't wait to see flowers again around these parts. ;)

Maggie said...

Lovely here too. My daughter has it growing all over her pergola.

Bossy Betty said...

These are just gorgeous!

Shanae Branham said...

I found you by looking your profile page up because of a comment you left on someone's post. I can't remember which blog it was. Thank you for dropping by and sharing.

deb colarossi said...

I love the rain when I viewed the photo larger....