June 2022 – Brugmansia

Commonly known as angel’s trumpet, Brugmansia has the tick of approval for our warm subtropical growing conditions on the Coffs Coast.

It’s loved for its spectacularly beautiful, trumpet-like, fragrant flowers which hand down elegantly from branches.

ORDER:  Solanales

FAMILY:  Solanaceae

TRIBE:  Datureae

GENUS:  Brugmansia

Brugmansia is native to South America, particularly the Andean countries from Chili to Colombia. There are five species, but most of the varieties grown for gardens are hybrids these days.

The plant has woody stems and while it can have multiple stems, most are trained to a single trunk for maximum effect. Most varieties have single flowers but there are many hybrids available with double flowers and some with ‘whiskers’.

What has to be remembered is that all parts of the plant are poisonous and some people are are even allergic to the fragrance! Having said that though the leaves have an unappealing taste, so consumption is unlikely by stock.

Further Reading and some gorgeous images can be found at this Garden Clinic post. 

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