PLANT INFO: Brugmansia

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Topic by MsDebbieP posted 03-15-2011 12:33 PM 3655 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-15-2011 12:33 PM

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-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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03-15-2011 12:40 PM

Well I look to all of you pros to educate me on all things plant related, so hadn’t heard of this one, so I Googled it. It’s lovely, but I read this on Wikipedia…

All parts of Brugmansia plants contain dangerous levels of poison and may be fatal if ingested by humans or animals, including livestock and pets. Contact with the eyes can cause pupil diliation (mydriasis) or unequal pupil size (anisocoria). Some municipalities prohibit the purchase, sale, or cultivation of Brugmansia plants.

Seems it is related to Datura – so beauty has a price here, eh?

-- "We are stardust. We are golden. And we've got to get ourselves back to the garden." Joni Mitchell

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hardiness zone 5a

03-15-2011 04:11 PM

1) It is indeed somewhat similar to the Datura, but brugmansia open DOWN and datura open UP.

2) Also, daturas are annuals, but brugmansia can be perennials, albeit tropical ones.

3) Another interesting comparison is that Datura are available in purple, but brugmansia has not been bred to be the colour purple ( to the best of my knowledge ) allthough many of us have tried to do so. I have had white, pink, salmon coloured, yellow, peach coloured, single bloomers, double bloomers, unscented and heavily scented. There are also red brugs available.

4) Some have small blooms and others have large blooms. I have some where the blooms measure about 5 inches long, but I have had one that measured 17 inches long.

5) Datura tends to grow like a low shrub of a couple of about 2-3 feet tall, but brugmansia can grow into trees, some over 10 feet tall. I have one that is almost 7 feet tall right now in my loft.

6) Yes, we do have to be aware of its characteristics. I have experienced the pupil diliation of which you speak. Mine lasted for 14 hours, but then I made a complete recovery, except that I wanted MORE brugs. LOL

There is a lot to be said for education. When we learn about plants, we work around their “personalities”, and enjoy them. Personally, I LOVE my brugmansia plant, and I do have several varieties. They are a lot of work though, and one must be willing to put in the extra effort to enjoy them. I consider them to be one of the more “intelligent” plants around.

When one hits the “brugmansia” tag, which MsDebbieP has provided, you can find I have several posts about this marvellous plant.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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hardiness zone 9b

03-18-2011 07:25 PM

Brugmansia insignis ‘pink’

-- Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Gone Tropical Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ

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03-19-2011 03:22 PM

I can’t see the photo, Gone_Tropical. I don’t know that I have this one.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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