Annuals, Perennials, Shrubs
South American natives often confused with plants in the genus Datura (low-growing, herbaceous plants with upward-pointing flowers and swollen, spiny seedpods). Brugmansias are large (to 12 ft.), woody shrubs that can be trained into small trees, with typically pendant blooms and bean-shaped seedpods. With their oversize leaves and big, tubular flowers that bloom mainly in summer and fall, they are imposing plants that will astonish your visitors. Blooms of all species except Brugmansia sanguinea are fragrant, especially in the evening.
Provide a sheltered spot; wind tatters the foliage. In colder part of range, expect frost damage and unattractive winter appearance. In desert zones, they need shade. Before spring growth starts, remove all weak, dead, and crowded stems.
This is often grown out of zone as an annual, or as a large container plant that is brought indoors during winter. Potted brugmansias can overwinter indoors even with low light and very little water. Maximum size for these is usually around 6–8 ft. high and half as wide.Brugmansia versicolor
The most treelike species, to 15 ft. tall and wide. Very large (15-in.) flowers are a peachy apricot color; they hang straight down from the branches, covering the plant during bloom time. Blossoms are sweetly fragrant at night and in the morning. Pink- and white-flowered varieties are also available.Brugmansia x candida
Fast growing to 10–12 ft. tall and wide; dull green leaves to 1 ft. long. Sweet-scented, 8–12-in.-long cream to white trumpets hang straight down from the branches.
Vigorous hybrid between Brugmansia x insignis ‘Frosty Pink’ and another variety. Fast growing to 10–12 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide. Huge (15-in.), golden yellow to golden orange, powerfully fragrant trumpets cover the plant during bloom season. Scent is most pronounced at night. Commonly grown out of zone as an annual.
The most treelike species, to 15 ft. tall and wide. Very large (15-in.) flowers are a peachy apricot c...
Fast growing to 10–12 ft. tall and wide; dull green leaves to 1 ft. long. Sweet-scented, 8&ndash...
Vigorous hybrid between Brugmansia x insignis ‘Frosty Pink’ and another ...