Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet)


The show-stopping hanging trumpet-shaped flowers of Brugmansia make this plant a delight for any garden. Grown either as a woody shrub or small tree, Brugmansia is a tropical plant native to Central and South America. Brugmansia is best planted in mid-spring when outdoor temperatures no longer drop below 50 degrees at night. The plant will grow very quickly, often between 24 to 36 inches a year. All parts of the Brugmansia plant are toxic to humans, dogs, and cats.

Brugmansia can take the form of a shrub or small tree, depending on the area in which it's grown. The leaves are 6 to 8 inches long, arranged alternately on the stems, and it's known for its spectacular drooping flowers, which can grow up to 20 inches long.

In cooler zones, Brugmansia can be grown as a container plant and brought indoors when temperatures drop. The flowers produce a strong, fragrant scent, most noticeable at night. Hummingbirds are also drawn to the plant's flowers and fragrance.

Generally, Brugmansia does well in a spot that boasts full sun. However, in especially hot or dry environments, it can stand to have a bit of shade, especially during the warmer afternoon hours. Regardless of the location, though, you should allow the plant between six and eight hours of sunlight daily for it to thrive.

This is a very thirsty plant that needs to be watered well—and often. If growing Brugmansia in a pot, ensure there are ample drainage holes at the base so the plant doesn't get waterlogged. Root rot can occur if the soil becomes soggy. The exact watering cadence for your plant will depend on the weather and the method of planting (container vs. in-ground). Brugmansia needs more water when the weather is warm. Container specimens may need to be watered twice a day during the peak of summer. Never let the soil dry out, and give your plant at least three inches of water a week.

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