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This evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub makes a large, striking container plant for a conservatory or cool greenhouse. It is grown for its bold, trumpet-shaped flowers, which are often deliciously scented. Although these plants are not fully hardy, they can be positioned outdoors during the frost-free summer months.
Brugmansia were once known as Datura, but that name is now used only for certain annual or short-lived plants with similar but less pendulous flowers.
Brugmansia are not difficult to grow;
All parts are highly toxic if ingested and sap may be an irritant. For more details, see our page on potentially harmful garden plants.
These large shrubs are naturally vigorous, but tolerant of hard pruning. You can cut back to within 2.5cm (1in) of older wood, ideally leaving a balanced framework of branches. Carry out pruning annually in October when the plant is moved back indoors (earlier if the frosts arrive sooner in your region).
It is preferable to keep the plant at a size of about 1.2-1.8m (4-6ft) as flowering will be affected by continual hard pruning.
There are a couple of ways to increase brugmansia;
Brugmansia arborea 'Knightii' (maikoa) AGM: has hose-in-hose, scented, double, white flowers borne from late spring to autumn.
B. × candida 'Grand Marnier' (angel's trumpet) AGM: bears trumpet-shaped, night-scented apricot flowers up to 30cm (12in) long from summer to autumn. Leaves are large and have wavy margins – up to 60cm (24in) long
B. suaveolens (snowy angel's trumpet) AGM: has tubular, bell-shaped, night scented flowers in shades of white, yellow or pink from early summer to autumn
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Angel's trumpets are prone to attack by glasshouse red spider mite, which causes the leaves to appear speckled or bleached. Glasshouse whitefly and mealybugs may also be a problem. Prevent these pests with biological controls or treat infestations with approved insecticides – see the individual web pages for full details.
Nutrient deficiency or overwatering can result in discoloured leaves and loss of foliage.
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