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A showstopping shrub that transforms any space into a tropical getaway, angel's trumpet boasts huge, pendulous blooms that perfume the air after sunset. And with its unique trumpet-shape flowers and quick-growing nature, this exotic beauty offers a multitude of reasons to give it a try in your own garden.
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Part Sun, Sun
From 3 to 20 feet
Great Growth Potential
In a warm climate, angel's trumpet can quickly grow several feet in just one season. And if the plant has a fair amount of sun, it will produce blooms all summer long.
When planting your angel's trumpet, look for areas with moist, well-drained soil. The plant will thrive during summer's warm days and cooler nights.
The overall plant habit of angel's trumpet differs quite a bit by personal preference, variety, and general training style. Most variations form small trees with a central stem that eventually branches out into a nice canopy. If left to their own devices, plants will send up suckers at the base, which can take away from the single-stem tree effect. And when unkept, angel's trumpet can create a thicket with major blooming potential. However, if you prefer to maintain a more treelike look, simply remove the suckers as you notice them popping up on the plant's base.
Several angel's trumpet varieties are amenable to container culture. These plants tend to be much shorter and offer more of a low-maintenance, shrub-type habit -- making them a great choice for cold-winter regions. Enjoy angel's trumpet year-round by keeping the potted plant outdoors throughout the summer and bringing the pot inside when the mercury plummets.
Fabulous, Fragrant Flowers
Angel's trumpet blooms hang in wonderful masses and sometimes explode all at once for quite a spectacular show. Flowers in sheaths of green quickly grow into long tubes that later burst open at the end, like a swirling skirt.
The range of angel's trumpet hues are as varied as the plants themselves -- saturated oranges, soft yellows, bright pinks, and crisp whites round out the spectrum of colors.
If the stunning visual appeal of angel's trumpet isn't enough to make you fall head over heels, try planting it indoors near your favorite nighttime hangout spot. You'll fall in love with the intoxicating fragrance that wafts from these beauties after sunset. Try it as a fragrant houseplant, too!
Angel's trumpet leaves are medium green in color, fairly large, and differ slightly with each variety. Some plants have smooth-edge leaves, while others showcase more serrated leaves. A few angel's trumpet varieties have variegated foliage. For example, Snowbank angel's trumpet has leaves featuring deep-green centers with mid-green edges and a bright-cream outer border.
If you'd like to share angel's trumpet with family and friends, simply cut a tip from the plant and remove all but a few small leaves at the top. Stick your cutting into moist soil, and keep it in a humid environment; the plant should root in just a few weeks.
A Word of Caution
All parts of the angel's trumpet plant are poisonous. So be sure to take care when planting, and avoid areas were children or pets frequent. Also, it's a good idea to check local restrictions before planting angel's trumpet, as several communities have banned it.