Vascular – Exotic
Dicotyledonous Trees & Shrubs
A frost-tender plant mainly found in lowland areas towards the coast (Landcare Research 1999).
Soft-wooded shrub, 3m high. Leaves 8-20 x 3-25 cm, plant is covered in very fine hairs. White, pendant, trumpet-like flowers 20-30 cm long. Fruit is occasionally produced.
Brugmansia species are often confused with Datura species (due to the common name) however, Brugmansia species are soft-wooded shrubs or small trees, while Datura species are herbaceous. B. candida is very similar to B. suaveolens but can be separated by the persistently hairy leaves. B. sanguinea is also similar but has yellow flowers which are often tinged red.
Probably Peru and Columbia
brugmansia: Named after Sebald Justin Brugmans (24 March 1763 – 22 July 1819) who was an early 18th century professor of natural history at the University of Leydon. He was also a military physician and instrumental in establishing emergency hospital facilities and improvement of hospital and barrack conditions.
Life Cycle Comments
Believed to be mostly spread by cuttings so seed set is rare.
Mostly vegetative, some seed.
All parts of this plant are poisonous.