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Brugmansia 'Cotton Candy'

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

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

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:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall


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

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Brugmansia On Oct 2, 2002, Brugmansia from FSH, TX wrote:

Isabella x Butterfly...the calyx clearly shows versicolor influence. A clear blending of versicolor and aurea type calyx. The angle of the flower and how far it hangs out of the calyx remind me of versicolor as well. The wide open flaring mouth is clearly suaveolens though. All in all I would have to conclude that the blended versicolor type traits are too weak to be from anything other than Butterfly as Butterfly is aurea x candida, but it the versicolor traits show up a bit more strongly than I would have suspected leaving me to believe that Isabella has 1/3 or less versicolor genes. As Isabella's parentage is unknown to me.... I am basing this on Isabella's overal flower shape and seed pod being mostly suaveolens in nature. Generally a hybrid with 1/2 versicolor genes will show a much longer and thinner seedpod than Isabella does. It has also been my experience that a hybrid with more than 1/2 versicolor genes from the first cross generally has a much more decidedly versicolor type calyx. As Dr.D and Amber Rose being 1/2 Ecuador pink both show a clearly versicolor calyx, albeit Dr.Sues is 1/3 versicolor and was the seed bearer on those crosses. Enough rambling, thanks for posting the picture for us Tig.

Positive tiG On Sep 20, 2002, tiG from Newnan, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hybridized by Eric Knight, this is an Dr D x EP cross. Seed bloomed 9 months from seed and is a heavy bloomer. Fairly fragrant.


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

Hesperia, California
Derby, Kansas
Deridder, Louisiana
Maurepas, Louisiana
Bellaire, Michigan
Mathiston, Mississippi
Dundee, Ohio

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