These beautiful fragrant trumpets, commonly called Angel’s Trumpet open up after dark and remain open until the sunlight hits them the morning.
Nowadays, you can already see Christmas trees and lanterns beaming with various decors. In addition to stars, balls, and lights, angels are among the most popular decors. While waiting for your very own Christmas tree you can already start enjoying the holidays through Angel’s Trumpets. These are plants belonging under the genus Brugmansia and Datura. Brugmansia species are woody trees or bushes. These long-lived plants have no spines on their fruit. Unlike Brugmansia, Datura species are herbaceous and have spines on their fruit. Both groups however, produce pendulous or not erect flowers.
The leaves of Angel’s Trumpets are broad with rounded bases and pointed tips. Each leaf has toothed margins that are covered with fine hairs. The pendulous flowers are large and trumpet-like in shape, thus the name Angel’s Trumpets. If you want to see these flowers open up, check on them after dark. They will remain open during these times until the sunlight strikes on them the next day. The flower photo at the left is creamy white but there are other species that produce yellow, orange, red, pink, and purple flowers. These flowers release a sweet intoxicating scent.
Angel’s Trumpets are usually cultivated as ornamental plants. They can be grown in containers or on the ground. Mixing them with other plants can add a dramatic effect to your garden or to any landscape. A hanging angel’s trumpet plant can be a total show-stopper. Just be careful where to place the plant because it’s poisonous!