Happy Thanksgiving. This Thanksgiving I especially appreciated the sight of my brugmansia, or angel’s trumpet flowers. Yes, they are still blooming and have been amazing this year.
Angel’s trumpet flowers bring special memories to my mind. Walking up the hill (seems everything is uphill in San Francisco) with my sisters, and seeing angel’s trumpet flowers for the first time ever. We had just rolled through Ghirardelli Chocolate Company filled with chocolate, chocolate, chocolate. Sisters trips were special.
Warning this South American native may have captivating blooms, but all parts are poisonous. I was surprised to read that brugmansia is a relative of jimson weed, Datura species. Sounds ugly doesn’t it, but after seeing a picture of jimson weed, the bloom is gorgeous, too. Jimson weed is in the nightshade family so blooms at night, and thought to be from Central America.
Yes, Jimson weed has a tubular trumpet-shaped flower, but instead of hanging, the bloom is upward pointing, low growing, and has plump spiny seed pods. Yes, this invasive weed is toxic.
Now, Brugmansia in Solanaceae family, are trees or shrubs with blooms hanging down, 8 to 12 inches long and very fragrant and no spiny pods. Brugmansia can be very tall, up to 10 feet. Mine are about 6 to 8 feet tall. I’d like for them to be about 4 to 5 feet tall so I am going to prune and train them to the shorter height.
In addition to yellow, angel’s trumpet blooms can be a deep pink, a luscious blackberry color, fire red and orange, and white, plus lighter shades of theses colors. Have you seen the doubles of brugmansia? Oh, so gorgeous. Ruffles like a double petunia circling and filling the inside bloom space. Have I mentioned how much I like this tree?
Now brugmansia can be grown in containers, however, mine are planted in-ground.
Following is the care for container plants. Before frost, move your exotic brugmansia to the garage, or other cool darkish shelter, which stays around 35 to 45 degrees. New growth will grow at the base of your plant.
In the warm, spring weather, after a careful root ball pruning, insert your plant in fresh potting soil, fertilize and water deeply. Cut the die-back on tips of limbs. I read a good tip on checking viability of limbs. Scrape bark of limb to see if there is a green layer which would be a good sign of growth possibility.
Angel’s trumpets are definitely worth growing in your garden and are a beautiful, exotic addition.
Now while you’re thinking of buying Angel’s Trumpets, come out to our annual Scholarship Christmas Boutique and Greens Sale, Dec. 4-7, at Union Hall, 12889 Baker Road, Red Bluff. Beautiful wreaths to help decorate home and table for the season.
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