Brugmansia suaveolens (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) Bercht. & C.Presl

Angel’s-tears, Angel Trumpet, Brugmansia




Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Brugmansia

Category: Shrub - Evergreen

Zones: 10 to 12, can come back from the roots in zone 8

Size: 6 to 15' tall and wide

Growth Rate: Fast

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun


Large oval leaves to 10" long. Large, trumpet-shaped flowers, usually white but some pink and yellow, hang down from the branches in summer. Needs regular watering. Plants grown in part shade may not bloom. Plants grown in colder zones will die back to the ground but may come back from the roots. These plants will be much weaker and will reach 8' at most.


Published in Prir. Rostlin Aneb. Rostl. 1: 45 in 1823.

Note: B. suaveolens (Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.) G.Don is a later homonym, with the same basionym, Datura suaveolens Humb. & Bonpl. ex Willd.

The species in Brugmansia were originally in the genus Datura but that genus now only includes herbaceous plants, not the woodies, and their flowers are upright, not pendulous.

My Experience: 

I received a cutting from a friend in October 2009 and potted it up, overwintering in the conservatory. I planted it out in the spring but it grew barely at all and I gave up on it in the autumn.

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