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Datura stramonium, also known as Jimson Weed or Thorn Apple provides an important drug with narcotic and antispasmodic properties, commonly known as scopolamine. One of the nightshade species, it is a coarse-growing, hardy plant with poisonous juices. In 2-3 months this plant can grow to 2 or 3 feet high and about the same in width. It has large, long-stalked, heart-shaped leaves with wavy margins and white, tube-shaped flowers that are followed by large, egg-shaped, spiny fruits filled with black, kidney-shaped seeds.

Eating wilted plants is likely to be fatal.