The Angel Trumpets Are Coming Back!

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Real Estate Agent with Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate/The Masiello Group
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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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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!

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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
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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
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Love Rolling Green...I get my mulch there every year!

April 16, 2011 10:38 PM
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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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