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Brugmansia 'Charles Grimadi'
Angel's Trumpet is one of the common names for Brugmansia, a genus in the Potato Family (Solanaceae) that has 5 species, all from South America. Other common names include Belladonna and Datura, although the later is somewhat misleading as Datura is also a genus name to which Brugmansia is closely related. The main distinguishing aspect that separates the Brugmansia from the true species of Datura is that the Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees and the Datura, or Jimsonweeds (a name corrupted from Jamestown weed), are annual or perennial herbs.
San Marcos Growers currently sells 5 cultivars of Brugmansia. These plants all can become trees in mild climates and will remain evergreen although they tend to loose some leaves in the winter and will freeze back to their larger stems, or even to the ground, when temperatures fall much below 25°F. Flowering can occur at any time of year but is heaviest in summer through early fall. All of these plants are extremely fragrant, especially in the early evening when a single plant can perfume large areas of the garden. Plant in full sun to medium shade and give ample water from spring to fall. Prune to shape annually after last frost in spring. Care should be exercised when deciding where in the garden to plant Brugmansia; all parts of these plants are toxic and the aroma, while pleasantly fragrant to most, is somewhat strong to some.
The following cultivars are available at San Marcos Growers:
Brugmansia 'Betty Marshall'
A very floriferous and compact selection that grows to 10-15 feet tall with fragrant single white flowers. The 10 inch long flowers have a slender tube that expands at half its length into the 5 fused petals that are acuminate but not reflexed. The toothed calyx indicated probable affinities to Brugmansia suaveolens.
Brugmansia x candida 'Double White'
This fragrant white flowered datura is one of a kind. The ruffled double flowers are hose in hose, with each set having a tube to the base of the flower. The foliage of this cultivar is easily distinguished from others by its soft gray hairs. Thought to be a hybrid between Brugmansia aurea and B. versicolor.
Brugmansia x candida 'Shredded White'
Evergreen shrub/tree that grows to about 15 feet tall by 12 feet wide. This double-white Brugmansia candida selection is a little different. It has large pendulous fragrant flowers like 'Double White but the petals are twisted and turn making the flower look distinctively different. Discovered by Bruce Pearson of Tropical World de las Flores, a botanical propagation center in the state of Veracruz, Mexico.
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'
This full sized and vigorous cultivar is a Bartley Swartz hybrid between Brugmansia 'Dr. Seus' and B. 'Frosty Pink'. It has exceptionally large orange-yellow flowers with strongly recurved petals. The very large leaves of this cultivar are pale green with slightly toothed margins. Named after the late Charles Grimaldi, a California landscape designer. The very similar plant that we grew for many years thinking it was Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' turned out to be the cultivar 'Hetty Krauss'. We are grateful to Ilie Gacue at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum for clearing this up and getting us stock of the true B. 'Charles Grimaldi', which we feel is a superior plant.
Brugmansia x insignis 'Pink'
This hybrid is a cross between the Brugmansia suaveolens and a hybrid of B. suaveolens and B. versicolor. It has large widely flared pale pink flowers that darken with age. The nodding flowers are accentuated by the large dark green leaves.
Brugmansia 'Miner's Claim' PP15,747
A variegated form of ‘Frosty Pink’ found at Monterey Bay Nursery with broad creamy yellow to ivory white margined salmon-pink flowers. A great foliage plant.
This species from Ecuador has beautiful large pale apricot heavenly scented flowers. For those who know our nursery - this is the large tree between our greenhouses that is smothered with flowers in late summer through fall, emitting a wonderful fragrance that can be smelt for hundreds of feet around.