03 September 2009

Calling Georgia O'Keefe...

Talk about WOW factor! These gorgeous blooms are in season right now in Tucson and they are special for many reasons. Most people will recognize the Datura as a flower featured in many works by Georgia O'Keefe. Or...you might know it as loco weed because of its hallucinogenic properties. It has long been known as an ingredient in various witches' brews. These flowers bloom at dusk and within about 15 minutes they morph from the spear-shaped stem to a fully unfolded trumpet flower. Heady aroma ~ intoxicating!
Photos courtesy of Jerry Weinert.

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