|Figure 70.Jimson weed (Datura stramonium)|
Habitat and range.This is a very common weed in fields and waste places almost everywhere in the United States except in the North and West.
Description.Jimson weed is an ill-smelling, poisonous plant with stout, much-branched, leafy stems from 2 to 5 feet high. The large, smooth, thin, wavy, toothed leaves are from 3 to 8 inches long. The flowers, which appear from May to September, are white, funnel-shaped, about 3 inches long, and have a pronounced odor. The prickly seed pods which follow are about the size of a horsechestnut. When ripe these pods burst open, scattering numerous poisonous black, kidney-shaped seeds.
Part used.The leaves, collected when the plant is in flower, and the seeds.