The Main Plant entry for Angel's Trumpets (Brugmansia)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Flowers: Showy
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Other: Seeds are poisonous
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Other: Woody or semi-woody stem cuttings
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 10:30 PM

"Most Brugmansia are fragrant in the evenings to attract pollinating moths. One species lacking scent, the red-flowered Brugmansia sanguinea, is pollinated by long-billed hummingbirds. Brugmansia have two main stages to their life cycle. In the initial vegetative stage the young seedling grows straight up on usually a single stalk, until it reaches its first main fork at 2.6–4.9 feet high. It will not flower until after it has reached this fork, and then only on new growth above the fork. Cuttings taken from the lower vegetative region must also grow to a similar height before flowering, but cuttings from the upper flowering region will often flower at a very low height.

One interesting example of plant/animal interaction involves the butterfly Placidula euryanassa, which uses Brugmansia suaveolens as one of its main larval foods. It has been shown that these can sequester the plant's tropane alkaloids and store them through the pupal stage on to the adult butterfly, where they are then used as a defense mechanism, making themselves less palatable to vertebrate predators.

All parts of Brugmansia are poisonous, with the seeds and leaves being especially dangerous. Brugmansia are rich in Scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine, and several other tropane alkaloids. Effects of ingestion can include paralysis of smooth muscles, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, migraine headaches, visual and auditory hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and death.

Brugmansia are easily grown in a moist, fertile, well-drained soil, in sun to part shade, in frost-free climates. They begin to flower in mid to late spring in warm climates and continue into the fall, often continuing as late as early winter in warm conditions. In cool winters, outdoor plants need protection from frost, but the roots are hardier, and may resprout in late spring. The species from the higher elevations, in B. section Sphaerocarpium, prefer moderate temperatures and cool nights, and may not flower if temperatures are very hot. Most Brugmansia may be propagated easily by rooting 4–8 inch cuttings taken from the end of a branch during the summer."

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Posted by eclayne (Pioneer Valley south, MA, USA - Zone 6a) on Oct 5, 2012 9:04 PM

The current International Cultivar Registration Authority [ICRA] for Brugmansia and Datura is the International Brugmansia and Datura Society.

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Plant Events from our members
vbprog On January 15, 2015 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
vbprog On November 22, 2014 Potted up
Put in a container, a big container. Having some trouble keeping it healthy indoors.
vbprog On November 4, 2014 Maintenance performed
Nice wash to remove mealy bugs and other unwanted pests.
vbprog On October 13, 2014 Winterized
Brought inside by the living room bay window. Seems to be thirsty alot. Droops every other day until I give it some water.
piksihk On November 27, 2017 Bloomed
Near pergola
piksihk On June 4, 2017 Bloomed
HW transplanted in ground in fall; Cold killed top; after cutting the dead off to ground level - they are over 6 ft tall now; and loaded with blooms;
They bloomed nicely last year too
piksihk On March 24, 2016 Miscellaneous Event
cutting rooted; potted up
piksihk On December 7, 2015 Bloomed
piksihk On September 6, 2015 Bloomed
front bed - reblooming
MrsBinWY On February 3, 2017 Seeds sown
soak 24 hours (warm water + H2O2), coffee filter in baggy, 8-9 seeds from EricaBraun (marked from a 2014 trade)
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