Friday, October 16, 2009

Purple Angel Trumpet




This is by far one of my favorite plants!  Purple Angel Trumpet is in the Datura family of Trumpets, which means its flowers are upright, and the plant stays short and bushy.  The Brugmansia Trumpets get much taller and their flowers hang down.  None the less, their common names are both Angel Trumpets.  This purple Angel Trumpet is a 4-5 ft tall bush that likes to be in full sun.  The plant will freeze back every winter after the first freeze, but will come back from the main stalks or roots in Spring.  This plant also comes in yellow and red, but neither of those are as showy as the purple variety.

The stalks and the outside coloring of the flower are eggplant purple.  The flower itself is double petaled and is lavender to white on the inside edges.  The flowers will open up in the morning and are usually spent by the evening.  After the flower fades away, you are then rewarded with very interesting seed pods that are about the size of a golf ball.  These neat pods are covered in raised purple spots that are as much of a show stopper as their flower was.



Purple Angel Trumpet is easily propagated by seed.  Simply allow the seed pods to dry on the plant and split open on their own.  Once the pods have split, you can remove them from the plant and save them in a dry spot until spring.  Simply place them in some soil and water them.  Most, if not all, should come up for you.

A word of caution:  ALL parts of this plant are poisonous if ingested.  In fact this plant is illegal to grow in Florida because police officials were having problems with teens eating the flowers to hallucinate.  Most ended up in the ER with bad stomach aches from poisoning. I recommend watching small children around this plant since the flowers and seed pods are very interesting.  I've never heard of dogs chewing on this, but a gardener might be careful to not plant it in a backyard if your dog is a habitual chewer.

If you want a conversation piece, Purple Angel Trumpet is the perfect plant.  Beautiful flowers, interesting seed pods, and beautiful stem color.  It's all the way around a gorgeous plant.

This plant made my day!  How 'bout yours?

2 comments:

  1. We have two of these plants. We love the blooms.Thank you for the information on the pods we where wondering what the where.

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  2. i have been raising the triple purple angel trumpet for 3 years now.save seed every year.planted seed in the winter in a sunny room in the house.put whole pot in ground in spring.plants were about 2 ft tall.i was told to put seeds in freezer for a while.

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