I have had this Brug for 7 or 8 years. It was planted in the ground the first year and was not at all happy, so i moved it to a container. It has been happier, but has bloomed strangely and sporadically. It is variegated, including the pods. Last year it put out about a half dozen blooms and I thought i might get an ID...the consensus was that it was a Shredded Brug as the flowers were "torn into strips." This year, it has one bloom...and seems to be a normal bloom...but did not fully open. When I went out today to see if it had opened, the flower was gone...completely, all that was left was the bract and the stamen. The plant is only 3.5 to 4 ft tall. pic1 is this year's bloom. Pic2 is last year's bloom Pic3 shows more leaves Any ideas?
If you ever decide to try and start new plants from cuttings, I would appreciate you starting an additional one for me. My sister has a Datura that overwinters outside here in Brewerton, NY (zone 5) and it is just beautiful. The strange thing is that it sets seeds and some have triangular leaves and some have rounded leaves. The triangular ones have the most beautiful fragrance you could ever hope to smell. The rounded leaves, none. Her plant just showed up growing in her driveway about four years ago. We think a bird or animal dropped it. She was intrigued by it's fast growth so she just let it grow. When the buds started to bloom she couldn't believe how beautiful and fragrant they were. Now everyone wants seeds. She gave me some seeds and I have them growing and blooming but mine have no fragrance. They are producing seeds. It's an interesting experiment. I'm hopeing that this year's seeds will produce some of the fragrant ones for me to try next year.
Mittsy, if I can ever get a cutting of it to live, I will be happy to share. I have made cuttings of it and the other Brugs I have in the ground...the cuttings from the other brugs do fine, but this one sits there forever, looks like it is going to do something...and then just dies.
Have you had the Brug checked or treated for Broad mites. Looks like one I had a couple of years ago. I got a group of cuttings from random people. They all rooted well but I had a bad case of Broad mites in the Spring. I treated them with Avid but I think there are better cures now.
I love the Datura. Have you seen the Triple yellow and white ones? Beautiful! I haven't planted them in a couple of years and they don't overwinter here.
For whatever reason, my "variegated shredded brug" has finally decided to come into its' own. It has over a dozen blooms and almost as many buds...but each flower is different. Who knows? I might even get a seed or two...