Both Brugmansia and Datura are exceptionally beautiful in containers and in the garden. Not only are they stunning, but also fragrant too!


Brugmansia are annual trees or shrubs (in our climate) with pendulous, not erect, flowers reaching 6-10' in a single season. Ranging in height from 6-30', most have tan, slightly rough bark and produce spiny fruit. The leaves are generally large and alternate, some with toothy margins and covered with fine hairs. Their common name refers to the large, very dramatic trumpet-shaped flowers. These may be single or double, growing 8-20" in length and up to 12" across. Color ranges from white through yellow to pink and even orange or red. Flowers are fragrant with citrus overtones, most noticeable in early evening.

Almost all varieties of Brugmansia and Datura are spectacular specimen plants ideally suited for the garden spotlight. Angel trumpets are awe inspiring as the centerpiece in containers. They can also be used to create dramatic backdrops in mixed borders that say, "WOW!" As they are most fragrant at night, and most have white or very light colored blooms, they are also ideally suited for moon gardens. The tree-like Brugmansia provides a living trellis for annual vines such as Heavenly Blue Morning glory. Lantana couples beautifully with both Datura and Brugmansia as well.

Some varieties you can find at Portland Nursery include:

Brugmanisa versicolor

Brugmansia versicolor

Very floriferous shrub with extra-large flowers to 20" long.

'Peach' – Flowers open white then blush soft peach.
'Salmon' – As above but with brighter salmon coloring.

Brugmansia ‘Betty Marshall’

Creamy white fragrant flowers all summer. Grows 8-10’ tall in full to part sun. Cold hardy to zone 9.

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'

An easy cultivar, very floriferous, with golden yellow flowers. Reputedly the most cold hardy variety for overwintering in the ground.

Brugmansia 'Daybreak'

Blooms are a fadeproof, true lemon yellow.

Brugmansia 'Dr. Seuss'

Huge, golden peach blossoms.

Brugmansia 'Isabella'

Blush pink flowers with a powerful fragrance.

Brugmansia 'Miner's Claim'

An unusual cultivar with beautifully variegated foliage.

Brugmansia ‘Little Angel’

This series comes in white, blush and yellow. Compact growing 3-5’ tall and wide.

Brugmansia 'Sunray'

Blooms creamy white with yellow rays over lighter green foliage and creamy pink flowers.

Datura: Jimson Weed, Angel’s Trumpet, Thorn Apple

Datura innoxia

Datura is a genus of nine commonly recognized species. Its precise and natural distribution is uncertain due to its extensive cultivation and naturalization throughout the temperate and tropical regions of the globe. Within the Americas its distribution is mostly restricted to the U.S. and Mexico, where the highest species diversity occurs.

Daturas are herbaceous, leafy annuals or short-lived perennials which can grow up to 6' in height. Leaves are alternate, velvety textured, with a lobed or toothy margin. Flowers are erect or spreading, trumpet-shaped, and 2-8" long by 2-4" wide. Most are moderately to highly fragrant especially at night. Flower color varies from white to yellow, pink, and rich purple. They may be single to fully double in form. The fruit is a spiny capsule giving rise to its other common names of thorn apple and devil's apple. When ripe they split open releasing many seeds.

Note that ALL parts of ALL members of both genera are highly toxic and may be fatal if ingested by humans, pets, or livestock.

Some varieties you can find at Portland Nursery include:

Datura meteloides syn. Datura inoxia

Annual easily grown from seed, to 3' tall and wide with fragrant white flowers, occasionally flushed pink.

Datura wrightii

Datura wrightii 'High Altitude Form'

A perennial form with profuse, large, flaring white flowers to 8" long, growing 2' tall by 4' wide.

Datura 'Ballerina'

Datura 'Ballerina'

Compact series growing to 1' in containers or 3' in the ground, flowering in white, yellow, or purple.

Datura discolor

Datura discolor

A rare Datura with white trumpets and a dark purple center. Grows 2-3’ tall and wide in full sun and reseeds.

Datura 'Double Lavender'

Large, frilled, fragrant flowers in lilac on 3'-5' plants with glossy black/purple stems. Stunning!

Add Spring color to your garden with Annuals

Annuals are planted every year and provide color summer till frost. Many annuals can be wintered over indoors or reseed outdoors providing extra value to their flower power!