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Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet)

Angel’s trumpet is commonly confused with the Trumpet Vine. It is a highly attractive and popular flowering plant and may grow to the size of a small tree. It has trumpet shaped blooms in a variety of colors including white, peach, yellow and orange.

A member of the Nightshade family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and petunias, all parts of the Angel’s Trumpet are extremely toxic. It is recommended that gardeners use gloves when working with this plant.

Historically, it has been used as a hallucinogenic drug. It is a dangerous drug that has caused many deaths….so Handle With Care!

South Coast Botanical Garden
Palos Verdes, Calif

Nikon D3200 f/5.3 1/60 ISO-500 46mm

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  • seeya
    seeyaover 1 year ago

    Brugmansia (Angel’s Trumpet)

    Angel’s trumpet is commonly confused with the Trumpet Vine. It is a highly attractive and popular flowering plant and may grow to the size of a small tree. It has trumpet shaped blooms in a variety of colors including white, peach, yellow and orange.

    A member of the Nightshade family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and petunias, all parts of the Angel’s Trumpet are extremely toxic. It is recommended that gardeners use gloves when working with this plant.

    Historically, it has been used as a hallucinogenic drug. It is a dangerous drug that has caused many deaths….so Handle With Care!

    South Coast Botanical Gardens
    Palos Verdes, Calif

    Nikon D3200 f/5.3 1/60 ISO-500 46mm

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotover 1 year ago

    A pretty temptress! I didn’t know about its history…thanks for the lesson!

  • Hi Dot, I wasn’t aware of the toxic aspect of this plant either! And, your words “pretty temptress” would have been a great title:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Sharon Brown
    Sharon Brownover 1 year ago

    Lovely shot Sandy. I knew all that and have always wondered how something with such a pretty name can be so deadly…you never know who or what you’re dealing with eh lol

  • Thank you, Polly. When researching this plant a mention was made that hummingbirds are attracted to it. I can understand how visually that would be, but do you know if the hummbingbirds actually live after contact with the pollen? Sandy

    – seeya

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 1 year ago

    Very nice capture

  • Thank you so much, Larry:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 1 year ago

    VERY INTERESTING DESCRIPTION…THE DANGER DON’T REMOVE BEAUTY TO THE FLOWER….SPLENDID IMAGE!!!

  • Yes, in short….do not touch…!!! Thank you for the favorite:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Ana Belaj
    Ana Belajover 1 year ago

    Incredible beautiful image!

  • Many thanks, Ana, for your lovely comment and favorite:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    beautiful capture!
    are you saying I can be KILLED by my tomatoes?!?! :)
    I do wear gloves while handling the plants, but only because it’s a pain to get rid off the green stains afterwards, if I don’t. lol!

  • Not unless you are eating the leaves or green tomatoes in massive amounts!

    I also found that Lycopene found in tomatoes is used for preventing cancer of the breast, bladder, cervix, colon and rectum, stomach, lung, ovaries, pancreas, and prostate. It is also used to prevent diabetes, diseases of the heart and blood vessels (cardiovascular disease), cataracts, and asthma. Some people use tomato to treat high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, the common cold, chills, and digestive disorders.

    There are many articles regarding the toxicity of the Angel’s Trumpet-it is pretty scary and I will never touch or plant one-much to risky to animals (even the two legged ones).

    Thanks for the favorite, Irina, and I hope that you will have a wonderful tomato crop:) Sandy

    – seeya

  • Irina Chuckowree
    Irina Chuckowreeover 1 year ago

    I knew about Lycopene (I designed new anticancer drugs) – usually you have to consume huge quantities to get any resonable effect in vivo. Still, the best way to deal with cancer is its prevention and it all comes down to a healthy lifestyle. Which also means eating lots of fresh vegs, tomatoes including! :)

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 1 year ago

    Thanks for the info on this, Sandy…it sure is beautiful poison….Excellent work!

  • I was surprised at how toxic this plant is! Thanks for the favorite, Gena! Sandy

    – seeya

  • vette
    vetteover 1 year ago

    Beautiful image, and excellent description of the history of the plant. Definitely one to beware of. Wonderful sharp focus and eye pleasing POV, nice lighting, color and presentation. Nice work. Susan

  • What a wonderful review, Susan! I was considering buying one for the garden, but not after what I learned! Thank you for the favorite:) Sandy

    – seeya

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