I completely fell in love with this plant yesterday at the nursery. It is a Brugmansia (Angel Trumpet).
When I got home and started reading about them I discovered they are very poisonous and have actually been the cause of some teenage deaths due to them ingesting the flowers, in an attempt to get the hallucinogenic effects. Evidentially they were used by Indians of ancient cultures as well for this same reason. I seem to run into quite a few of my favorite plants being poisonous- the Mescal Bean trees have that quality too.
Regardless they are beautiful and the scent is amazing. The blooms smell a little like baby powder to me, with an exotic fruity smell crossed in with it. Truly heavenly!
The Angels Trumpet is good down to 10 degrees so it should winter just fine here, and since they like a little shade, I can plant it on the side of the house near the bird sanctuary and it should do well there. It looks like this comes in many other colors as well- oh no! Here I go again!
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