Friday, November 12, 2010

Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet)

Few garden plants have blooms to rival the foot-long trumpets of Brugmansia.  The huge, pendulous blooms are not only an eye-catcher, but they are also fragrant at night.  The plants grow quickly into a large shrub or small tree, up to 15 feet or more.  Flowers appear in masses every few weeks from spring through fall, between periods of rest.  There are countless hybrids and color variations, and flowers may be single, double, or triple-petaled.  Some cultivars have blooms up to 20 inches long.
Flowers of some varieties change color as the blooms mature, and there may also be some color shift from the heat of the summer to cooler fall days.
Brugmansias are native to Central and South America, and there are several closely related species that all share similar characteristics.  It is recommended for USDA Zones 9-12, surviving as a perennial in Zones 8B to 9B.  In the colder areas, Brugmansia will freeze to the ground during a hard winter, but growth returns so fast that in a few months you will be unable to tell there was any damage.  In cold climates, Brugmansia can be grown in containers.  Here are some flowering in 10 inch pots.
Brugmansias bloom best in full sun but the large leaves transpire moisture quickly, so plants in the warmer zones often benefit from some afternoon shade.
All parts of the plant are narcotic and poisonous.  The name Angel Trumpet refers to both the shape of the bloom and the hallucinogenic effects from ingesting the plant.


Steve Asbell said...

I've always been put off by they poisonous reputation, but maybe its time I give these a chance.

Carla said...

This is one plant that I need to get. I have seen a few yards with these in them and the nursery that I purchase most of my plants from carries the yellow color. I hope I will be able to find this shade of pink. We are lucky to be able to grow many of the plants that you post on your blog. I check it often as you always have the most amazing pictures.

compost in my shoe said...

They have such an amazing presence in the garden. That evening scent makes me twitch just thinking about it!!

Nicolezmomma said...

I love this plant and used to have one until a drought got it. I love how they are pink and then fade to yellow.

Eliza said...

I had to move away from my mature brugmansia and it is a pleasure to see yours. This post would be perfect for my new blog carnival if you'd like to submit it!