Angel’s trumpet: Brugmansia

All the plants in the Solanaceae family are native to South America where they grow as shrubs or small trees. Their large, trumpet-shaped flowers that are particularly fragrant in the evening flower well into the autumn. They thrive in a sunny to partially shaded position and must be protected from the wind and the strong midday sun. On hot summer days they must watered morning and evening because the soil must never be allowed to dry out.

Soft tip cuttings and half-ripe cuttings can be taken almost all year round, ideally out of the flowering season. It can be pruned in spring and larger specimens may be reduced before being taken in for over-wintering. In winter it should be placed in a light room with a temperature of 10-15° C (50-59° F) or in dark place at 5-10° C (41-50° F). It is best repotted every year in a larger container.

All parts contain poisonous alkaloids that are still used a drug by the Indians today. They are prone to attacks by lygus bugs.

12. May 2014 by Dave Pinkney
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