Flash!

Are you familiar with this flashy flower?

My friend Martha brought this one over to me.  She says it’s a Brugmansia or Datura, sometimes called an Angel’s Trumpet.

To get an idea of the size, here it is beside some more familiar cut flowers.  Its fragrance packs a punch, too.

It does have one shortcoming… you have to look fast!

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19 thoughts on “Flash!

  1. Huh…interesting. Does it grow on a vine? I may have had one this summer (we just moved in to a new house…still trying to figure what all is growing in the beds). I thought it was a squash blossom.

    1. The flowers hand down like bells. Is that yours look like? Now that I’ve read about them, I see that teens use them as hallucinogens–at their peril.

      I had a vine that looked like a squash blossom… and it was. 🙂

  2. We have something over here like it but its white and probably not as big and has a faint smell but it lasts like yours once picked and placed in water!!..considered a pretty but invasive weed.

    1. Hmmm. This one comes in several colors, but I don’t know if it’s your plant or not. Gee, the more I read about it, the more I wonder who they heck started calling it Angel’s Trumpet?

      I think they’re beautiful the way they grow on the vine.

      It’s great to hear from you, Steff! I love your sassy Irish comments on Facebook. 🙂

  3. Note of caution on Daturas—A couple of years ago my son in California was doing some pruning on the one they had in their backyard. Later when he was in the bathroom and happened to catch a glimpse of himself in the mirror, he noticed the pupil in one eye was dilated, where the other was normal. Holy crap!

    After a visit to the doctor, he found out Daturas contain atropine which dilates the pupils. He must have touched his eye when he had some of the plant juice on his fingers.

    The plant is from the deadly nightshade family, also known as Bella Donna from the Italian for beautiful woman—apparently it was used to dilate women’s pupils to make them more “alluring.” (Wha?) There are several other toxic compounds involved in these plants, so beware!

    Unless, of course, you want to be extra sexy for DB. 🙂

  4. Arkansas Patti

    Had to laugh at the wilted version. I can relate. If you grew those in Florida, you had teens prowling your garden looking for a high. They can cause hallucinations and even death. You could be held responsible as it was considered an “attractive nuisance” like a swimming pool.
    Maybe it is also called Angel’s Trumpet for if you partake, that is what you will hear.

  5. NCMountainwoman

    Sort of like the One Hoss Shay…”all at once and nothing first, just as bubbles do when they burst.”

  6. I love the way these flowers look. They also come in pure white and a lovely shade of pink. Because I live in Florida I can grow them here, but because I live in Northern Florida they will not overwinter. I have seen some amazing shrubs further south just covered in blooms. Just amazing.

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