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Brugmansia aurea

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brugmansia (broog-MAN-zee-ah) (Info)
Species: aurea (AW-re-uh) (Info)

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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting
By stooling or mound layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral poppysue On Jan 7, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Brugmansia aurea is Native to the Andes region of South America. Its Latin name aurea means golden, but this species comes in all shades of yellow, white, orange and even pink. Flowers are 6-12 inches long with 5 freestanding stamens. Blooms are trumpet shaped, sometimes with indentations at the edge of the corolla. The edge rolls back and the tendrils can be up to 3 inches long and often spiraled or curled. The green calyx completely hides the narrow part of the corolla tube where it connects to the plant. The calyx has one large split with 2-4 smaller splits when the corolla emerges. The fruit is egg-shaped with a pointy end, 4 inches long and 2 inches around. Seeds are up to inch long and encased in a cork-like coating. Leaves are the largest of all the brug species and will sometimes have a wavy edge. Breeding has produced a wide variety of b.aurea hybrids with an assortment of beautiful and fragrant flowers. It has been succesfully crossed with B.aurea, b.x candida, b.isignis, b.suaveolens, and b.versicolor.


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

Elm Grove, Louisiana
Mc Kinney, Texas

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