The Fabulous Datura

The title is a nod to Sunset Lou and the Fabulous Daturas, a short-lived blues/folk/eclectic musical ensemble in Richmond during the mid-70s. The Datura herb is a member of the Nightshade (Solanaceae) family of plants, historically used by Native Americans for its hallucinogenic properties. The Datura plant is generally known for its striking trumpet flowers, but the prickly seed pods also have a pretty cool appearance.

Guess what Nightshade family members are eagerly ingested by many cultures:

(Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, tobacco)

One thought on “The Fabulous Datura

  1. Saw The Fabulous Daturas in a little underground bar on “the corner” in Charlottesville VA called “The West Virginian” sometime in late 70’s early 80’s. Needless to say they turned the place upside down and inside out and scared the crap outta me ! I’ve never forgotten it – probably never will !

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