The Angel's trumpet is the hardiest of the Brugmansia genus and can grow with little care in the right conditions. Known by its downward facing elongated blossoms, it can grow as a potted plant or, in areas with no winter, as a fairly large tree.
Angel's trumpets are part of the solanaceae family, the genus Brugmansia and the species arborea, candida and sanguinea. Common names include tree datura, angel's trumpet, maikoa and floripondio.
Angel's trumpets can grow year round only in zones 9 through 12 (see References section). In areas where temperatures go below freezing, you can bring them indoors for the winter. The most common way to propagate this plant is by planting seeds, although it can root by cuttings.
All parts of the angel's trumpet are toxic to humans and animals due to high levels of scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atrophine. Datura, of the scopolamine family, has a shady past, as it is part of the nightshade family and has been used to poison unsuspecting victims.
Landscaping with Angel's Trumpets
Use of the angel's trumpet in landscape depends on where you live. In parts of the country where it grows as an annual, plant it near the back of a flower bed, as it will grow to approximately 2 to 3 feet high. Where it is a perennial, plant it as you would a tree but where you can water it regularly and in a highly visible location, as its blooms will be showstopping.
You can also grow angel's trumpets in pots and place them where you need the color of an exotic flower.
Interesting to Note
Angel's trumpets bloom only at night, and their blooms will close by mid-morning.
Some people may become ill at the scent of angel's trumpets, as the plant's toxicity can bother the respiratory system.