The Angel Trumpets Are Coming Back!

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The Angel Trumpets Are Coming Back!

Brugmansia, commonly known as the Angel Trumpet is a member of the Nightshade family. Nightshades grow all over the world and include some very famous varieties such as Datura (Jimson Weed), Mandragora (Mandrake), Solanum (Potato & Tomato), Nicotiana (Tobacco) and Petunia (Petunia). Perhaps the most well known member, from Greek mythology is Belladonna. Most of these plants produce alkaloids that are quite toxic to humans.

Four years ago we became the proud owners of three brugmansias suaveolens or Angel Trumpets. These three are container plants which we place outside after any danger of frost and bring inside in the Fall. Two of the three are pink and one is white. I have seen one locally that is yellow, but I know of no other colors for this variety.

The one common characteristic of these flowers is they produce a sweet, intoxicating scent only after dark and the bell shaped flower swells to its fullest. The flower grows to almost 10" in length and has a bell approximately 7" in diameter. 

When we bring them in, we put one of the pink brugs and the white one in our bedroom. They continue to bloom until the end of November and then they lose their leaves, like the deciduous trees here in the Northeast. We water them sparingly every two or three weeks until they begin again to leaf around the beginning of March.

After about a month, if you look carefully between the leaves, flower buds can be found. I thought you might like to see the process of an Angel Trumpet blooming, so I have photographed the first bloom of the season.

This is one of the first buds...
Plant and Bud

The beginnings of the flower...Plant and Bud

Becoming a flower...

Plant and Flower

Three days later, finally a flower...Angel Trumpet Flower

The finished work of art...
Angel Trumpet Flower

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Janna Scharf
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those are SPECTACULAR flowers.  Some day I hope to see one up close and in person!

April 03, 2011 11:59 PM #1
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John McCarthy
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Janna - The scent is so amazing. A year ago last Fall, the pink one had 35 blossoms for its final show. You knew it was there as soon as you entered the house! Thanks for stopping by!

April 04, 2011 12:03 AM #2
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They are beautiful flowers, John, unfortunately, I seem to be allergic to their lovely scent so can't have them anywhere near me.

April 04, 2011 06:05 AM #3
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Very cool photo essay John...........lovely flowers too, thanks for the info on the flower too.

April 04, 2011 06:49 AM #4
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Rene Brin
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Good morning John, love the name, Angel Trumpets and great photos of the flower progression.  Have a wonderful week John.

April 04, 2011 06:58 AM #5
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Toni - So sorry you have to avoid them! These plants have been with us long enough to be part of the family.

Roger - Thank you for stopping by. In Aruba, these grow outside and become quite tall. The flower is just beautiful.

Rene - Good morning to you! Thought I would include a photo of the pink ones so you can see the difference:
Angel Trumpet

April 04, 2011 07:29 AM #6
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Thanks for sharing the first bloom of the season. I will post your blog on my Facebook page.

 Life is better when there are flowers to photograph!

April 04, 2011 09:39 AM #7
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Roy - Thank you for posting my blog on your Facebook page! Hope you and Dolores have a terrific week!

April 04, 2011 09:45 AM #8
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Elizabeth Byrne
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John, the Angel Trumpets are work of art. You are a great photographer to capture the progress from an ordinary green plant to an extraordinary flower. You made me curious about the fragrance - I need to find this flower and experience its scent on my own. Thank you for sharing great photos with us. Have a great week.

April 04, 2011 04:03 PM #9
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Elizabeth - I hope you can find them locally. The scent is so sweet, but again, only after dark. In the Fall of 2009, one of the pink ones in our room had over 35 blooms and the scent was extraordinary. If you do find one, avoid handling the leaves and flowers when they fall off as they can be relatively toxic to some people. I have just made a habit of washing my hands after moving them.

April 04, 2011 04:19 PM #10
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Very cool how you got a picture of the growing process John. Very pretty indeed.

April 05, 2011 11:28 AM #11
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Shar - Thank you for stopping by! The flowers are amazing and will last 5 or 6 days. This is a photo of one of the pink blooms, but not from this year.
Pink Angel Trumpet

April 05, 2011 12:07 PM #12
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Karli - Thanks for stopping by! Brugmansias, growing in their native climate, do get to be very tall. A friend of ours in Aruba always talks about the loud thud the flowers make hitting the ground when they fall from that height! Ours are confined to containers, but I still wonder how large these will grow. One of ours is now almost 7 feet. Moving them outdoors and back in again without damage is quite a project.

April 07, 2011 05:38 PM #14
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John ~ I just loved all the photos and the flower log.  They are beautiful flowers.

April 08, 2011 10:19 PM #15
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Hi Dawn - So happy to have you stop by! This flower, by all the laws of Nature, has finished its life cycle, and closed. I can't bring myself to take that photo. We have another "on deck" I have very high hopes for. When they bloom with 10 - 35 blooms, I don't think about their scent so much and the impact on our "home environment," but its going to be a few days until our next bloom will morph. Hope you get a chance to experience one someday!

April 08, 2011 10:39 PM #16
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They look beautiful, I'm not familiar with them.  Are they a sun or shade flower?  I have mostly shade in my yard. 

April 09, 2011 02:41 PM #17
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Sharon - I have had them in both. Our back yard is very sunny and really hot in the summer, and these guys need water every day. I have also put them facing the North and the South and they do well there too without daily watering. Since they do produce a lot of foliage, water is important, but they give you a little warning - the leaves droop and the flowers shrink. Within and hour, they perk right up with a good dose of water. Hope your weekend is great! BTW, we found them at Rolling Green nursery in Greenland, off Route 151 in Greenland. This is one of our favorite nurseries!

April 10, 2011 12:17 AM #18
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Sharon Tara
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Love Rolling Green...I get my mulch there every year!

April 16, 2011 10:38 PM #19
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Sharon - Rolling Green definitely has a huge inventory and the staff is quite knowledgeable. Can't wait for the first visit this year!

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