Powerful fragrance combines with docile color.

Human intervention has sustained the seven species of angel’s trumpet, Brugmansia, since their prehistoric extinction from the wild. They were likely endemic to tropical regions from Venezuela to Chile, and southeastern Brazil. Their extinction was likely a consequence of the natural extinction of animals that dispersed their seed. Most garden varieties are hybrids of the various species.

Angel’s trumpet is either a big shrub or small tree, with rather herbaceous stems. The more popular cultivars can get more than eight feet tall. Cultivars that might get twice as tall are rare. The soft leaves get about six inches long and half as wide. Leaves might get almost twice as long on vigorous growth. Some cultivars have slightly tomentous (fuzzy) foliage. A few have variegated foliage.

Although generally sporadic, and pastel hues of pink, orange, yellow or white, bloom is impressive. The pendulous trumpet shaped flowers are commonly longer than six inches, and half as wide. Double flowers are frilly. Several cultivars are delightfully fragrant, particularly in the evening. All plant parts are very toxic. Plants damaged by frost in winter are likely to regenerate from their roots.


18 thoughts on “Angel’s Trumpet

      1. Not pruned as well? The specimen in the picture was supposed to be lower and bushy, but occupied too much space for the small garden. It got pruned up like that instead, so that it did not occupy so much space on the ground. It works out nicely for the blooms, which hang downward from above, but that is merely incidental. In my region, they are typically low and bushy because they are sensitive to the mild frost. The tall specimens are mostly on the coast.

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    1. I would like more, but they occupy so much space, and then die back if they get frosted. I got only four cultivars, white, pink, pale orange and yellow (Charles Grimaldi). All have single flowers. I will be adding a double white soon. I did not like the double flowers, but I got to like this one. It is very fragrant, even in the arid climate. It must be extremely fragrant with humidity.

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      1. NICE! My favorite color was kind of a peachy orange. One was much taller, over 8′, and yellow. I bought them as named plants from a seller on Ebay but couldn’t read the writing on the tags. I also grew a couple of Dature species in Mississippi. The Jimson Weed that grows here (and everywhere ese I know of) is a Datura species.

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      2. ‘Charles Grimaldi’ is the most popular cultivar, and is also the biggest. The bloom is bright yellow and very fragrant. My favorite is a single white, but I the plant is shorter, with rather dull foliage.

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      3. Was it as fragrant as others? I am told that the single white is not, but I really do not know. I am none too keen on the double white bloom, but there is one here and it is very fragrant. I will get pieces of it when I go.

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      4. I know some people grow them as houseplants, but I think they are too big and too awkward, and probably do not bloom well inside. Besides, if they did, the fragrance would be too strong.

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