Blue Thorn apple

The scientific name of Blue Thornapple – Datura metel Linn/ Datura Stratumonium

Name of Blue Thorn apple  in different languages:-

Sanskrit: Dhattura, Dusthara, Unmatta, Durdhura

English: Devil’s trumpet, Jimson weed, Devil’s snare.

Hindi: Dattura

Malayalam: Neela Ummam, Ummam, Ummath, Kurukoomatha, Koomatha
(ഉമ്മം, ഉമ്മത്ത്, കരുകൂമത, കുമത)

Plant Description:

Devil’s trumpet is an annual plant, shrub-like herbaceous, annual plant, short-lived perennial that can grow up to 2 m in height, leaves are big and green in color, alternately arranged, 10 to 20 cm long, and 5 to 18 cm broad, with a lobed sometime toothed margin. The stem and branches are violet colored, flowers are creamy in the shade of violet and shaped like a trumpet, sized 6 to 8 in length, fruits are spiny capsules sized up to 10 cm long and up to 6 cm broad,  while matured it splitting and burst to release the numerous seeds,  the seeds are small, flat and white in color.

Leaf Arrangement

Shape-Diamond Margin-Entire Venation-Reticulate


Useful plant parts:

Whole plant, dried flower,

Medicinal uses:

Cough, fever, dandruff, Asthma, glaucoma, enlarged prostate, heart troubles, urinary problems, tooth pain.

Chemical content:

Tropane alkaloids- highly poisonous, diploid I and tetraploid II, atropine.

Medicinal properties:

Aphrodisiac, analgesic, anti asthmatic.

How to prepare medicines:

Dried flowers cut into too-small pieces and smoked like a cigarette to get relief from Asthma

Blue Thornapple is one of the ingredients in Ayurveda medicines like-

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