Angels' trumpet

Brugmansia suaveolens

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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Angels' trumpet (Brugmansia suaveolens)
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Genus:  Brugmansia
Few plants evoke tropicalia quite like the Brugmansias , with their voluminous tubular flowers that drip from imposing shrubs or small trees. They look fantastic in containers or plunged into a border, and the dramatic display persists from late spring until autumn. In cooler climates, they may be brought under glass or cut back and held dormant in a cool basement.  All parts are highly toxic if ingested.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  White, yellow, or pink foot-long blossoms are nocturnally fragrant, and pour out from narrow calyces to terminate in twisted, reflexed openings.
Care:  Outdoors: grow in moist, well-drained soil in full sun with filtered afternoon shade. Indoors: water freely and fertilize during bloom, and keep just moist in winter. Bugmansias may respond to extreme heat by dropping their leaves, but they will recuperate with cooler temperatures.
Propagation:  Take semi-ripe cutttings in summer; sow seed in spring.
Problems:  Spider mites, white flies, mealybugs, caterpillars, aphids.

Overview

Height
10 ft. to 15 ft.
Spread
6 ft. to 10 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Fast Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Fall,
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White,
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Flowering Tree,
Indoor Plant,
Specimen Plant/Focal Point,
Poisonous,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Formal Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Shrubs

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