Angel Trumpet, Angel's Trumpet
Brugmansia 'Dr. Seuss'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brugmansia (broog-MAN-zee-ah) (Info)
Cultivar: Dr. Seuss
Additional cultivar information:(aka Hetty Krauss)
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Height:

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Orange

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Veined

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

From hardwood heel cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

By air layering

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

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

, (3 reports)

Bessemer, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Batesville, Arkansas

Jasper, Arkansas

Malvern, Arkansas

Bloomington, California

Carlsbad, California

Cupertino, California

Desert View Highlands, California

Lompoc, California

Modesto, California

Monterey, California

Newbury Park, California

Oceanside, California

Palm Springs, California

Riverside, California

San Clemente, California

San Diego, California

Santa Clara, California

Vista, California

New Milford, Connecticut

Washington, District Of Columbia

Auburndale, Florida

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Casselberry, Florida

Fort Myers, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lake City, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Longwood, Florida

North Fort Myers, Florida

North Port, Florida

Oviedo, Florida

Punta Gorda, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Starke, Florida

Tampa, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Williston, Florida

Winter Haven, Florida

Winter Springs, Florida (2 reports)

Bethlehem, Georgia

Colbert, Georgia

Patterson, Georgia

Woodstock, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Waynesburg, Kentucky

Deridder, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Maurepas, Louisiana

Gulfport, Mississippi

Missoula, Montana

Scotch Plains, New Jersey

Roswell, New Mexico

Woodbury, New York

Columbus, North Carolina

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Hope Mills, North Carolina

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Randleman, North Carolina

Swansboro, North Carolina

Vass, North Carolina

Wilmington, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Toledo, Ohio

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Wister, Oklahoma

Warren, Pennsylvania

Vieques, Puerto Rico

Conway, South Carolina

Newberry, South Carolina

Simpsonville, South Carolina

Trenton, South Carolina

Antioch, Tennessee

Lake City, Tennessee

Lenoir City, Tennessee

Niota, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Seymour, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Townsend, Tennessee

Broaddus, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Desoto, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Hockley, Texas

Irene, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Lake Jackson, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

Montgomery, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Port Bolivar, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Snook, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Vidor, Texas

Clinton, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Parkersburg, West Virginia

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

10
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Apr 30, 2012, greshamdadjohn from Gresham, OR wrote:

They will not survive frost in my zone so I grow them in large pots and bring them indoors to a heated sun-porch for winter. They grow well in rich moist soil with a sprinkling of Osmocote granules. Prune off deadwood leaving a few leaves and they come back like gang-busters by mid-summer. Great favorites of hummingbirds and bees.

Positive

On Apr 16, 2011, NCMstGardener from Columbus, NC wrote:

This is a fun plant. I have 3 pass-a-longs -- white, bright yellow, & gold. Here in Zone 8a/7b I cut them to the ground and mulch for protection just before the 1st frost. Still, every couple of years, they do not survive the winter. No problem. I just cut up the stems, place them in a jar of water and pot up the following Spring. Not only do I have plenty of replacements I also have lots to share.

Positive

On Mar 7, 2011, 78028 from Kerrville, TX wrote:

I personally do not have this plant, but plan to get some this year. A neighbor, now moved, planted them on the north side of their home; another across the street from her planted hers on the south east...both bloom profusely and look lovely all summer. In the winter, I notice they cut them to about 8"-10" and cover them with a clay pot
until the possibility of freezes passes. Is this necessary?
From some of your postings, it does not sound so.
And the dear NO NOT EAT THEM !!! How nice!

Positive

On Sep 28, 2009, XYLA from Corpus Christi, TX wrote:

I WAS GIVEN A SMALL CLIPPING FROM A NEIGHBOR; UNBEKNOWEST ON HOW TO CARE FOR IT--- I ALMOST KILLED IT. BUT I WAS ABLE TO REVIVE IT,TRANSPLANT IT & NOW WHAT A SUCCESS!!
SHE IS IN A BIG POT UNDER A HUGH CANOPY OF AN OLD ASH TREE. I WAS SHOCKED WHEN SHE BLOOMED THE FIRST TIME!! HUGH CREAMY WHITE FLOWERS-- IT-- BLEW MY MIND AWAY. I WATER BI - WEEKLY, DUE TO THE FACT THEY ARE IN A SHADED DAPPLE LITE PART OF THE YARD. THEN IT RAINED OFF & ON ALL LAST WEEK; EVEN MORE BLOSSOMS.
WE HAVE MILD WINTERS-- IF THATS WHAT YOU CALL IT. SUMMERS -- MID 90'S (DAY) MID 70'S (NIGHTS); WINTER-- DAYS ARE WARM 70'S & NIGHTS --60'S. IT ALL DEPENDS SEEING WE ARE IN THE SLAP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE UNITED STATES WHERE THE YOU COULD GET WINDS EITHER DIRECTION (SOUTHERNLY/NORTHERNLY ). OVERALL THE PLAN... read more

Positive

On Feb 17, 2009, fireflyintexas from New Braunfels, TX wrote:

I have three brugmansias growing here in New Braunfels, Texas. They got nipped by freezing weather, but one of the brugs, possibly a Dr. Seuss, is actually blooming right now! It's the middle of February, but the daytime temps have been in the 70s for about a week, which probably activated the bloom cycle. So fragrant...this particular brug was planted last year but never took off....until now....about 5 ft tall and has about 4-5 blooms on it. I suspect as it gets warmer and I feed it well, it should put on a show! Hard to wait. Just lovely.

Neutral

On Oct 29, 2006, jojomonkey from Toledo, OH wrote:

When I take this plant into the garden during summer it grows like crazy and blooms. Once I bring it inside about a month later I find bugs and all the leaves drop off. I have it in a South window and it gets a lot of light, but I have problems with it keeping leaves all winter. Not sure what to do.

Positive

On Jun 25, 2004, rfraser from Simi Valley, CA wrote:

We have three small brugmansia trees just outside our bedroom windows and one overhanging the hot tub. They grow like weeds in Simi, CA, and the scent is heavenly. Main problem: spidermites and snails. They look nice trimmed into an umbrella form.

Positive

On Jun 18, 2004, moonraker03 from Cape Coral, FL wrote:

I first saw this wonderful, magical spreading "tree" growing in West Palm Beach, Florida. It was full of salmon coloured blooms, all hanging downward from its branches. I had never seen anything like it before, and wondered how rare it might be.
Now I find it for sale locally, here in Lee County, Florida; I also know that I have a choice of colours - white, pink, creamy white, and a peachy shade.
Now that I'm living in Florida I shall soon buy one of my very own!

Positive

On Jan 3, 2004, debikm from Starke, FL wrote:

The first year mine did nothing, until I moved it into full sun. It rewarded me with a massive growth spurt and buds. This year it has gone to 5 feet tall and bloomed in flushes of 50+ blooms each time.

Positive

On Oct 8, 2003, sialia from Hope, AR wrote:

Some people say that 'Dr. Seuss' and 'Charles Grimaldi' are the same plant. All I can say is that my two plants are different. For one thing Dr. Seuss blooms are larger.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2003, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very attractive to bugs along with Whiskers! Start early with systemics. Wonderful spicy scent and colors, flowers last 3-4 days for me.