How about this plant in Missouri?

Keep cutting this nuisance plant back, treated it, but it comes back. What is it?

Note the pinwheel-shaped flower, single, not clustered nor composite.

How about this plant in Missouri?After cutting back

This is after it grows. Note the same flower, and the purple stems.

How about this plant in Missouri?

Then after it grows to around 5 or 6 feet (don’t know if it would grow taller). And notice the nettle or spiny fruit, or whatever it is. The purple stems are getting bigger.

How about this plant in Missouri?nettle & purple stems

Thanks for any ideas.

Beginner Asked on November 5, 2016 in Problems with plants.
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    It’s a Datura or Devils Trumpet. They are very toxic! Don’t let kids around them! Also known as jimpson weed.

    Beginner Answered on November 9, 2016.

    Thank you. I had done an image search based on these three pix without success – probably in there, but thousands of pix. But when I looked for jimson weed, one of the pictures was so close to the spiny seed pod I posted that I had to check – not the same, but certainly similar.

    Sounds like it’s going to be fun to get rid of.

    As to the toxicity – I found the 1705 quote about the soldiers in Jamestown, VA who assumed the green leaves would make good salad quite amusing. Yes, we don’t want that happening to anybody.

    Thank you very much. Very clear in all the pix online that this is some variety of  datura stramonium, aka jimson [Jamestown] weed, devil’s trumpet, thornapple, etc.

    on November 9, 2016.
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    For sure poisonous Datura stramonium, the family Solanaceae. I remember there was a similar question here some time ago.  Check it out  There is some more info about this plant to read.

    Doctor Answered on November 9, 2016.
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