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Brugmansia 'Wretched Mess'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brugmansia (broog-MAN-zee-ah) (Info)
Cultivar: Wretched Mess

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Nov 14, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Mine is blooming on the 2nd season after being planted. Beautiful, long doubles, no triples yet.

Nov 2012: changing rating to neutral as after 3 years I've yet to get a triple bloom, in fact I am lucky if I get 1-2 blooms at all per year. I have experienced a lot of bud drop and that could be due to sudden temp changes. However, my other brugs don't seem to be bothered. It is a big, healthy looking tree so not considering shovel pruning just yet....but I'm thinking about it.

Neutral SarahGigi On Oct 28, 2007, SarahGigi from Newbury Park, CA wrote:

Wretched Mess is a white double/triple. It's very beautiful when it blooms.
The blooms are larger than some of the other double white's I've seen/own.
Now that it's almost November the buds are no longer falling off. All the flower buds were falling off during warmer months of 80's to mid 80's. I haven't seen
a triple yet, and hope to see one soon. I'm hoping as the plant matures I'll have more luck with the buds not falling off. I was very diligent with watering daily, sometimes twice a day if really hot, feeding once a week with 20-20-20, which all my other Brugmansia love, and making sure there were no pests.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newbury Park, California
Mulberry, Florida
Richmond, Texas

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