Brugmansia, Angel Trumpet, Angel's Trumpet 'Charles Grimaldi'


Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Brugmansia (broog-MAN-zee-ah) (Info)
Cultivar: Charles Grimaldi
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Pale Yellow

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer




Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

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

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Auburn, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Mesa, Arizona

Queen Creek, Arizona

Tilly, Arkansas

Brea, California

Carlsbad, California

Channel Islands Beach, California

Clayton, California

Downey, California

Fairfield, California

Grover Beach, California

Hayward, California

Lincoln, California

Long Beach, California

Los Angeles, California

Mission Viejo, California

Monterey Park, California

Novato, California

Rancho Palos Verdes, California

Richmond, California

Roseville, California

Sacramento, California(2 reports)

San Anselmo, California

San Diego, California

San Francisco, California(2 reports)

San Jose, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Barbara, California

Santa Rosa, California

Simi Valley, California

Upland, California

Bradenton, Florida

Brooksville, Florida(2 reports)

Lake Worth, Florida

Mulberry, Florida

Nokomis, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Titusville, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Venice, Florida

Canton, Georgia

Carrollton, Georgia

Commerce, Georgia

Cordele, Georgia

Cumming, Georgia

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Hull, Georgia

Patterson, Georgia

Rutledge, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Berwyn, Illinois

Derby, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Waynesburg, Kentucky

Deridder, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Maurepas, Louisiana

Somerville, Massachusetts

Starkville, Mississippi

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Missoula, Montana

Franklinville, New Jersey

South Plainfield, New Jersey

Averill Park, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Lake Toxaway, North Carolina

Snow Hill, North Carolina

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Dundee, Ohio

Montpelier, Ohio

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Banks, Oregon

Clatskanie, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Lititz, Pennsylvania

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Blacksburg, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Lake City, Tennessee

Mount Pleasant, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Seymour, Tennessee

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Blanco, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas(3 reports)

La Feria, Texas

Laneville, Texas

Missouri City, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

Richmond, Texas

San Marcos, Texas

Trinity, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Alexandria, Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia

Yorktown, Virginia

Gig Harbor, Washington

Vancouver, Washington(2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 29, 2018, tuliper from Alexandria City, VA wrote:

Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' is very cold hardy.

I live in Alexandria, VA and have mine planted directly in front of a south facing window well against a brick wall of my house. The soil around it tends to sink and it exposed the roots which I mulched well (around 3") in the winter.

We had a brutal winter '18 for the DC area with low's in the single digits and many weeks of very low high temperatures below freezing during the day...and it appeared dead this spring. I had left most of the branches up as I read in Zone 7 brugmansias appreciate their old wood left in place and will be more likely to rot if they are chopped down in the fall.

Well mid may I saw signs of life and today May 29th there are two shoots coming from the roots already a foo... read more


On May 21, 2017, piscesxander from Sacramento, CA wrote:

When I lived in San Francisco this plant was ridiculously easy to grow. It could grow like a weed as an evergreen tree size completely neglected in front of a gas station. When I moved to Sacramento brugmansias became far more difficult to take care of. They require at LOT of water, sometimes twice a day, and fertilizer at least twice a week because it's so hot and the watering is so frequent. I don't bother to plant them in the ground here because they grow bigger and more reliably for me in 20g pots, most of the soil here is clay, and I just hand truck them to the garage to sit dormant for the winter. Because of the heat they really only flower well sporadically- mostly early spring and later fall- but even in full sun on concrete in pots in 90-100 degree summers they grow like mad... read more


On Sep 3, 2015, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Also bought this from Annies Annuals at about 1 foot tall last fall through the mail. It stayed small and hardly grew all winter which was actually good as my plant room was getting a bit crowded, and was barely above 1 foot by spring. I planted it in a larger pot and put it on the porch in dappled sunlight when it was warm enough out, fertilized every 3 to 5 days, and now it is about 7 feet with a woody trunk, and started blooming yesterday after forming a Y in the trunk a couple of weeks ago. The scent is veryyyy strong up close, almost too strong.I think a whole tree of these blooms would make me pass out lol. But I really like this brug, and the leaves are about 2 feet long including the leaf petiole, and ornamental just by themselves. Next spring I will be planting some cuttings out i... read more


On Aug 20, 2015, AlohaMontanaDesign from Grover Beach, CA wrote:

I am seeking info on lower yellow leaves.

I bought this from Annie's Annuals and Perennials at Miners Hardware in SLO, CA. Purchased in April 2015 at $5 and four inches. I put it in a pot which it outgrew in weeks. Then in the ground. August 2015 it is two trunks 1.25 inches wide and four feet high. It had a few trumpets but not for long. All growth is going into it getting large.

The lower leaves are yellowing which MAY be normal as it will drop those leaves and form a normal trunk. I normally have summer fog near the ocean and put it in a sunny spot. The drought has made more sun, good for my other plants. Now going to build a shade for it.

I water it both from the top in a brick ring and from a pipe three feet down to build roots.... read more


On Apr 18, 2014, jv123 from Chehalis, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This brugmansia is amazing looking and is amazingly hardy. I have mine planted in the ground here in zone 8b, and although it died to the ground without winter protection, by mid-April it has begun to send several new shoots up from the base of its trunk. This last winter it handled 10 degrees F without more than an inch or two of bark mulch. We also have very wet winters. Last year it started blooming by the first of June (and you could smell the blooms from 15 feet away), hopefully it will be on the same schedule this year. It got to be about 6 ft tall as well, looking like a small tree with several branches loaded down with huge 8 inch plus blooms. I can't believe DG lists this as only hardy down to 35 degrees. Take another 20 degrees off and that'll be closer to the truth.


On Apr 17, 2014, selvahombre from San Diego, CA wrote:

This is the best brug out there. Don't bother with other varieties. This looks the best and smells the best. The smell enters our house on calm nights. It's amazing. .


On Jul 10, 2013, Juttah from Tucson, AZ (Zone 8a) wrote:

For hot, dry areas (like Tucson), I've learned that brugmansias are more trouble than they're worth, including the "easy" Charles Grimaldi. Mine's in a 5-gallon pot on the back porch, northern exposure with filtered morning sun.

Got the plant in April of 2012 when it was only 4" high. It grew to 5' by September, but required ridiculous amounts of water and fertilizer, plus several pints of rubbing alcohol + frequent blasts of water from the hose (which tore up its leaves) to keep the spider mites under control. I could've sustained my entire front yard with the amount of water this one plant consumed! Plus, the plant blew over frequently because it became so top-heavy.

When it finally bloomed in Sept., the flowers were gorgeous but I was disappointed at their ... read more


On Jul 25, 2012, Pineygirl12 from Franklinville, NJ wrote:

I fell in love with brugs several years ago, and I've found that Charles Grimaldi is the best overall for looks, reliability and, of course, fragrance.

I've overwintered them in the garage and in our house (I'm in zone 6/7), set them out next spring and they come right back. However, with three cats and a dog I have to keep the plants protected to make sure nobody eats the leaves.

On the other hand, brugs are so inexpensive that it might be worth it to simply grow them as annuals. If you order a plant in March or April and keep it indoors until after the last frost, you'll have gorgeous blooms by late June, and they'll keep going until first frost in the fall.

I just don't know why more people don't grow these stunning plants. Whether you put th... read more


On Aug 6, 2011, MTVineman from Glenwood, MN (Zone 5a) wrote:

I know this comment is quite late GardenFairy, but I thought I'd answer anyway in case this happens to anyone else's pet. Yeah, I would be pretty positive that Brug or Datura leaves would be harmful to any animal. I know cats like to graze because mine graze my plants all the time. The thing is, cats are highly intelligent and they usually have a sense of which plants are okay to chew on and which are not. My kitties know what plants they can graze on and which they should not. Perhaps your kitty did make a mistake and chew a Brug leaf. In that case, I would get he or she to the vet immediately and have them do what they need to, to get the offending matter out of kitty. I'm sorry, that's a terrible thing to have happen. I hope kitty is okay now! So folks, if you see your pet, cat or dog, ... read more


On Oct 19, 2009, Gardenfairy50 from Lapeer, MI wrote:

Could someone tell me if they have ever had a cat eat any of the leaves and if so what was the outcome? I have a cat that is very sick and I'm not sure if he ate any part of my brug.


On Aug 10, 2009, forgetmenought from Gig Harbor, WA wrote:

I just got my first Brugmansia, Charles Grimaldi. Living in Gig Harbor Wa. I'm not sure if I should put it in the ground this late in the season, or in a pot and put it in the house for the winter. Thanks for any advice anyone can give me!


On Jun 9, 2009, PoPo68 from Metairie, LA wrote:

My plant looks healthy, then something - unseen - eats the leaves entirely. I have sprayed with Insect spray and Oil, to no avail.


On Oct 19, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This does well in a large pot in my cold-winter climate. I've had it for two years now and it just keeps getting bigger and blooming more floriferously. It's the largest potted plant I have by this point. It also does much better in the dry-air indoor conditions of forced vent heat than most of my other overwintered-indoors plants.


On Jan 25, 2008, s_edwards from Fort Worth, TX wrote:

I bought my Charles Grimaldi brug on eBay three years ago. The first year I kept it as a pot plant, but put it in a sheltered southern exposure the second year and it has "died" with the first frost, but for two springs has returned to reach the roof and to be covered with huge blooms that one of my friend's sons calls "jingle bells." After frost I cut it back and mulch it. It is a beauty!


On Jul 4, 2007, angel_tree_baby from Chickenville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

There's a reason this plant is called *The Master*. It is one of the only brugs I have that will bloom when it is 110 F or more. It blooms nicely in the winter under low light conditions as well. Great fragrance and cheery blooms greet you when nothing else is flowering. Been growing this one for about 6yrs now and it hasn't failed me.


On Aug 28, 2006, Dedda from Petersburg, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the best!
Easy grower, awesome scent of flowers, profuse bloomer.
I had my first blooms of CG (@ 7 inch long flowers) on a plant that was total 9 inches tall.!!!
Not finicky and hypersensitive
to changes, not a insect magnet like some brugs.
Love it!


On Jun 28, 2006, WesternWilson from Tsawwassen, BC (Zone 8b) wrote:

Cut this back harshly and overwintered in a garage (unheated but gets waste heat from the house) in Zone 8b. Leafless when moved out in May, it is now (Late June) leafing out beautifully. Intoxicating scent at dusk, so we have it by a door that is often open in the evenings. Gusts of scent fill the house!

The location we have for this plant gives it shade most of the day, with direct sun for a couple of hours in the late afternoon. I think it would prefer more sun, but it does well.

Had no luck with my cuttings as I started them too late in the fall. Will take cuttings in August this year and make sure they are well rooted before they go into the garage for the winter!


On May 9, 2006, JasperDale from Long Beach, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Superb Brugmansia for Coastal Calif. Unbeatable for fragrance. Easily shaped and kept under control. I head it back in winter to give it a rest and it always responds. Only drawback is keeping fallen flowers cleaned up underneath it.
Does well in sun or shade.
I have a blue hydrangea growing underneath it and a bronze flax to the side. I like the color combination of these 3 together.


On Feb 4, 2006, kdjoergensen from Waxhaw (Charlotte), NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is not hardy in my zone6b, but I grow it in pots and store it in our heated basement over the winter. It continues to bloom indoors (under flourescent lights) through the winter. It is a very handsome and tall brugmansia with flowers which open bright yellow and matures to a wonderful burnt orange. They are also very fragrant. Highly recommended.

Do not forget to fertilize frequently (weekly) using either 10-10-10 or 14-5-12 for example. In pots outdoors in sun during the summer they consume A LOT of water, so watch out. I need to water daily during July and August.


On Sep 28, 2005, BayAreaTropics from Hayward, CA wrote:

You can peruse through D.G's other 350+ entrys for Brugmansias,but this one is THE BEST. Easy to grow,very fast,richly colored,and more fragrant than any other two varietys combined.Propagation consists of sticking a cutting in the ground-that easy. A row of them is a powerfully fragrant summer night. But the neighbors dont complain-they like it. The ones in frost free areas bloom all year,heaviest of course in the warmer months (west coast). It is freely given away from gardener to gardener. A large one in full bloom will stop even non gardeners in their tracks,-it will not be ignored-ha.


On Feb 2, 2005, GardenGuyKin from Portland, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

C G remains as one of my all time favorite Brugs.
This brugmansia is a strong active grower, has always provided me with multiple flushes of blooms. The evening fragrance has attracted many Hummer moths as well as Humans. C G truely is a show stopper and for the first time Brug grower this one is a must!


On Oct 10, 2004, Ponditis from Lincoln City, OR (Zone 9a) wrote:

This is a lovely plant and a strong grower with plenty of water. The blooms flush well and it seems as though its blooming all the time. Very fragrant too. I love how the blooms turn different shades daily.


On Jun 26, 2004, Lynxxw from Downey, CA wrote:

I'd like to share my experience with growing successfully a Charles Grimaldi (yellow-orange). I used a limb from a growing "tree?" type and stuck it in a 5 gal. water can. One year ago. It is growing well. Will it be a vine, or shrub. How do I support it. Its in the direct sun. What extras do I need to give it ? Its about 4 ft. high.


On Aug 4, 2003, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

This variety does very well in coastal South Carolina. It is a strong bloomer and in January of this year withstood 3 days of 15 degree (F.) weather. It is planted in moderately acid soil (pH 6.4) under moderate shade. The only problem noted to date is that of a leaf-eating insect (species unknown). Docturf


On Feb 1, 2003, mainfrog from Northridge, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Blooms year round, most heavily 4 times a year. Blooms begin a pale yellow, deepening to a golden yellow, turning almost orange at the end of of its bloom cycle. Very fragrant. Very showy. Pinch growing tips to keep shrub compact and to encourage side branching (and more blooms!)


On Oct 6, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

'Charles Grimaldi' was one of my very first brugmansias. Never to disappoint, it blooms often and well ..
to many times covered in hundreds of highly fragrant bells. CG is the most reliable to bloom brugmansia I grow.