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Can anyone identify this?


By Tony_lb

United Kingdom Gb

In Turkey this Spring it flowered, the flowers died after a week or so, then flowered again 2 weeks later. The petals are about 6 inches long, and the long green part at the base is about the same length. I've seen it growing at Chester Zoo as well. Seeds are fairly large and pale brown.




I think its a Datura. It used to be called a brugmansia. It may be quite poisonous, so check before killing someone.

1 Sep, 2009


As far as I know, it is still a Brugmansia, also known as Angel's Trumpet. Daturas have upward pointing flowers and are also known as Devil's Trumpet.
They are poisonous if ingested so be careful.

2 Sep, 2009


definately Brugmansia

2 Sep, 2009


Gilli is correct - it's all to do with from where the Trumpets are pointing. Brugmansia flowers point down from Heaven, etc.
Don't worry though - many a garden centre sells it's Brugmansias as Daturas, but what do they know?
Not hardy, and you'll be surprised how much shade they can take.
In tropical climes, they are often grown at altitude, as they enjoy the cloud base washing over them.
Many a Brugmansia can be seen absolutely plastered in flowers, yet not a leaf in sight. Never panic with these; they are very resilient. They just don't like the frost!

2 Sep, 2009


I had one of these for years in a tub Tony......moved it outside for the summer then brought it inside before the frost came.....watered it when I remembered...Lol......the scent of the flowers was amazing!!

3 Sep, 2009


Thanks everyone. Now I know what I'm looking at I might try to grow it in the UK. I have seed pods from the plant in turkey, but unless it's self fertile I don't suppose they'll germinate. Worth a try though before I buy anything.

4 Sep, 2009

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