Aug. 24, 2018

sacred thornapple, Datura inoxia

We've looked at a lot of the landing patterns flowers display for their pollinators. But we haven't as often looked at the pollinators. Particularly one on its final approach, gear down, antennas on, so close that its following its own shadow. The flower is a sacred thornapple. Sacred to Indians, particularly in Mesoamerica, who used it in many ceremonies, and as medicine. Originally native in our southwest, and south from there, it has now been reported from every state except DE, GA, LA, MS, MT, ND, SD, TN, VT, and WY, and from ON, and QC. Cultivated in Lenawee CO MI, 8/23/18.