Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples

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9781552095980: Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples

Stately Angel's Trumpets -- Brugmansia -- are spectacular plants, growing like small trees and living for several years. Datura, sometimes called Thorn Apples, are mostly annuals and are cultivated like summer flowers. The impressive bell flowers of both varieties -- in white, yellow, pink and red -- are extraordinarily decorative. It's no surprise that Brugmansia and Datura are prized by enthusiasts around the world.

This comprehensive guide for North American gardeners features:

  • history and folklore of Brugmansia and Datura
  • the latest information on how to distinguish and classify Brugmansia and Datura
  • form and shape of the flowers and plants -
  • covering all aspects of species, hybrids and varities
  • hybrid Angel's Trumpets and wild species of Thorn Apples
  • building a Brugmansia collection
  • care and cultivation
  • over-wintering, propagation and breeding
  • diseases and pests
  • index, bibliography and nursery sources
  • over 110 beautiful color photographs and numerous illustrations.

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About the Author:

Ulrike and Hans-Georg Preissel have been involved in breeding Brugmansia and Datura for many years, and have a large collection of these fascinating plants. Both authors have studied horticulture in Hanover, Germany, and, since 1984, Hans-Georg Preissel has been the head of the 17th-century Herrenhäuser Gardens, where most of the plants featured in this book were photographed.

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Preface

With the publication of the German edition of this book, we hoped as many gardeners as possible would become enthusiastic about growing Brugmansia. Happily our wish seems to have been fulfilled. And thanks are due to those plant growers who are successfully breeding this plant as a hobby. They have bestowed on us an ever more colorful and varied range of hybrids.

This has meant that the current varieties in this book have had to be revised. We have added a description of the numerous hybrids that Brugmansia aurea, B. suaveolens and B. versicolor have helped to develop. With the help of the publishers, we were also able to include the genus Datura within this edition. As a result, and because of the wealth of pictures, the book has not only considerably increased in scope but has also been enriched in content.

By presenting the old genus Datura and the more recent genus Brugmansia together, we expect to gain more acceptance for the genus name Brugmansia. According to the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature this has been a valid genus name since 1970, but in Germany and other European countries the genus Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpets) and Datura are often still not classified separately.

Unfortunately, the increase in the popularity of Angel's Trumpets has seen an increase in new diseases affecting the plants, some of which cannot yet be identified. The descriptions of both the diseases and their symptoms also had to be expanded. We hope that in the future those institutions that deal with plant diseases will give more attention to Brugmansia so that diagnosis and cures can be described in more detail.

In the chapter "Natural Changes in Angel's Trumpets" we mention some interesting features that make these plants so fascinating to observe.

We were able to gain totally new knowledge on Brugmansia vulcanicola. This was thanks to the help of Prof. Richard E. Schultes (Botanical Museum of Harvard University, Cambridge) and Prof. Alvaro Fernandez-Perez (Universitaria De Popayan, Colombia) who were able to obtain for us the rare seeds from their natural habitat. We would like to thank both them and the other botanists, gardeners and friends, Clarence Kl. Horich, Dr. Adolfo Holguin, Hans-Erhard Wichert, and Prof. Dr. Karl Zimmer, to mention just a few of the many who helped us in so many ways with the German edition.

Hannover, 2002
Ulrike and Hans-Georg Preissel

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