From the garden at Treetops, learn about the Brugmansia, famous for it’s evening fragrance, and learn the difference between the Brugmansia and the Datura.
Brugmansia, at night.
Thanks to dear Dotty, a friend whom over the years has shared so much of her garden with me here at Treetops, I learned to love the Brugmansia. One really can’t walk more than a few feet without being able to lose yourself in the beauty of so many plants which Dotty so generously shared from her garden to mine. One of my favorites is the Brugmansia, which she gave me as a “passalong plant.” I already planted the annual Daturas, whose seeds were shared from another of my dear friends, these coming from Louisiana, thanks to the kindness of our dear Mo. But let me tell you, once you have had a Brugmansia in full bloom, with its humungous foot long trumpets, with a backdrop of light green leaves, so stunningly beautiful by day, but only after the sun goes down, will you appreciate their truly hauntingly beautiful scent as it begins to permeate the not only the whole garden, but half the neighborhood. They bear the common name of Angel’s Trumpets.
Brugmansias, which are actually more of a tree, were named after Sebald Justin Brugmans, who lived in Germany, back in the 18thy century. Brugmansias produce brown wood and are perennial in warmer climes. The trumpets of the brug are large, long and pendulous. The trumpets come in white/yellow, and pink. Mine at treetops were planted in large pots and situated on a covered deck between two houses, and although they dropped their leaves in winter, always survived and grew in the mild maritime clime of the southern Oregon coast. They have even survived frosty cold spells in their somewhat sheltered spot.
Brugmansia is a genus of seven species in the family Solanaceae, native to subtropical regions. Although the Datura is a closely related species, and which are so often wrongly given the name Angel’s trumpets, there is a distinct difference. First off, Daturas are annuals except in very warm climes; smaller and bush-like, their much smaller trumpets are held erect, and most have spines on their fruit. In all actuality most of the herbaceous bushes of the Daturas are like weeds, and can soon become invasive. Brugs have two different groups of plants, the species aurea, insignis, sauveolens and versicolor are in the warm growing group. The species arborea, sanguine, and vulcanicola are in the cold growing group.
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