A wonderfully fragrant Angel's Trumpet, Charles Grimaldi releases a fantastic perfume in the evening from it's large, 10" long, orange colored trumpets that are borne in loose clusters in summer. Angel's Trumpets are fast growing tropical shrubs that act-like dieback perennials in the northern parts of their range but readily return from the roots in spring. They also make easy to enjoy container plants that can be overwintered indoors.
Angel's Trumpets, Brugmansia in this case, can develop into small trees in their native habitat but in garden settings are generally seen as medium to large shrubs. Their large hanging trumpet shaped flowers release their heady fragrance most readily in the evenings and at night to help the moths and other creatures that might pollinate them locate them in the dark. Most cultivars are root hardy once they become well established in the landscape but should be provided a winter mulch for added protection but can then often tolerate temperatures into the teens and will return from the roots once temperatures warm in the spring. Full sun is preferred for the best growth and flowering but as long as they receive 6-8 hours a day they seem to do just fine and midday or afternoon shade is often desirable in hot summer climates.
Angel's Trumpets are rarely called Wedding Bell's in today's literature but you can still find it occasionally and we think it is an appropriate common name that helps to distinguish the Brugmansia from the often annual Datura species. In all honesty the Datura can produce flowers that point up, sideways, or even downward and thus causing confusion for the novice gardener. For a reference using this common name applied to B. arborea see Success With Flowers, A Floral Magazine, Volumes 9-10 in the section titled "Brugmansia Arborea” on page 73, published by the Dingee and Conard Company in 1898.
Grows To: 6-9'H x 3-7'W
USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 8,9,10
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Outdoor Light: Full sun(with midday shade in S), Part sun, Part shade
Indoor Light: Direct sunlight, High
Soil pH Range: Mildly Acidic, Neutral, Mildly Alkaline
Soil Types & Moisture: Average moist to moist, well-draining, humus-rich, moderately fertile soils. Never soggy wet.
Salt Tolerance: Slight
Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered
Native To / Cultivar Origin: US Gardens - Schwartz & Brigham, ca. 1984
Please be advised that humans and/or animals may have allergic reactions if part(s) of this plant are consumed or by coming into contact with sap from bruised or broken plant parts: All parts-Highly Toxic if Ingested
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Container Size: 4.5 inch / 20 fl.oz. / 591 ml