Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi', or Angel Trumpets, is a hybrid whose parentage includes a cross between B. ‘Dr. Seuss’ and B. ‘Frosty Pink’. Brugmansias in general are native from Colombia to Chile. Plant are related to the genus Datura in the U.S. but only differ in being woody and evergreen as opposed to being herbaceous. They are fast growing shrubs or small trees often reaching 12-15 feet (3.6-4.5 m) in height and spread. This one has bright green leaves that reach 8-10 inches (20.3-25.4 cm) long by 4 inches (10.1 cm) wide; they are finely pubescent and coarsely dentate. The plants are easy to grow whether in container or in the landscape in USDA zone 10-11. I would like to thank my friend Jenny for sharing this plant with me. All Plant Parts are POISONOUS.
Blooming: Brugmansias will bloom from spring into fall, At times in the summer, they can be covered with hundreds of yellowish orange trumpet-shaped flowers. Individual flowers are 8-10 inches (20-25 cm) long and pendent, very showy and lightly scented in the evening hours.
Culture: Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' needs full sun to partial shade with a rich moist soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix containing 2 parts peat moss to 2 part loam to 1 part sand. To this mix, we add 1 cup 14-14-14 Osmocote slow release fertilizer and 1 cup of hydrated lime to every 0.01 cu. yards of soil mix to adjust pH. Plants are well watered and allowed to dry slightly before watering again. During the growing season, we fertilize weekly with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ˝ the strength recommended on the label. During winter months in the greenhouse, we restrict water somewhat and withhold fertilizer during this period. We do not let the nighttime temperatures fall below 50°F (10° C).
Propagation: Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' is propagated by cuttings. If seeds are produced, they don’t store very well. They should be sown as soon as possible.
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' was featured as Plant of the Week January 4-10, 2008.
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