Monday, December 27, 2010

Beautiful and Toxic, What a Combination

Brugmansia sp.
Brugmansia, Angels Tumpet

Wow what a tag line!
A small genus of six species of large shrubs to small trees characterized by herbaceous, to semi-woody tissues, large simple leaves, and large pendulous, trumpet -shaped flowers. This beauty is intolerant of frost; typically allowed to die back to the ground or grown in containers and protected. The overall plant has a coarse texture but the flowers are remarkably beautiful. They are sweetly fragrant, about 12 in (30.5 cm) long and shaped like trumpets. The corolla has five points that are slightly recurved. The flowers are usually white but may be yellow or pink and are pendulous, hanging almost straight down.

Angels Trumpet is a member of the Solanaceae (nightshade Family); an extremely economically important family for food crops such as Potato, Tomato, Peppers, Tomatillo....and Tobacco.

This plant can grow to reach 12 feet and have a spread of 8 feet or more in ideal conditions
This beautiful and striking plant is native to South America and grown in moist, tropical, mountainous regions. It will easily reach very large sizes in one growing season; forms a large airy tree in it's native regions.
Here it will do best in larger containers or partially shaded areas with rich, moist soil. The flowers are attractive to hummingbirds......


All parts of this and other angel trumpets are narcotic and poisonous. Some people have ingested or smoked angels trumpet for its narcotic effects, and some of those people are no longer with us. The use of angel trumpet as a landscape plant is banned in some municipalities.  So be intelligent and handle with care.

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