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Products > Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' - Angel's Trumpet
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Solanaceae (Potatoes, tomatoes, peppers)
Origin: Andean Area (South America)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Golden
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Synonyms: [Datura, Hort.]
Parentage: (B. 'Hetty Krauss' ['Dr. Seus'] x B. 'Frosty Pink')
Height: 8-12 feet
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
May be Poisonous  (More Info): Yes
Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' (Angel's Trumpet) - This full-sized and vigorous Brugmansia cultivar that grows as a large shrub or small tree to 12 feet tall or more by an equal width with very large green leaves that have distinctly toothed margins and summer through fall produces exceptionally large orange-yellow flowers with recurved petals covered with fine hairs. Plant in full coastal sun to light shade and water regularly to occasionally. Has proven hardy to 25 degrees F and can resprout from base if top is frozen. This plant is a hybrid in the B. x cubensis group, which are those considered to be hybrids between B. suaveolens, B. versicolor, and B. aurea. It was named after the late Charles Grimaldi, a California landscape designer by famed plant breeder Bartley Schwarz (1950 -2004), who operated Highland Tropicals nursery in Half Moon Bay. It is often listed as a hybrid between Brugmansia 'Dr. Seus' and B. 'Frosty Pink', but rightfully should be B. 'Hetty Krauss' x B. 'Frosty Pink' as 'Hetty Krauss' was the valid name of the plant found in Columbia that later became known in the trade as 'Dr Seus'. The very similar plant that we grew for many years thinking it was Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' turned out to be the parent plant 'Hetty Krauss'. We are grateful to Ilie Gacue at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum for clearing this up and getting us stock in the year 2000 of the true B. 'Charles Grimaldi', which we feel is a superior plant. The name for the genus honors Sebald Justinus Brugmans (1763-1819), a Dutch physician and botanist who taught at the University of Leiden. Angel's Trumpet is one of the common names for Brugmansia, a genus in the Potato Family (Solanaceae) that has 5 species, all from South America. Other common names include Belladona and Datura, although the latter is somewhat misleading as Datura is also a genus name to which Brugmansia is closely related. The main distinguishing aspect that separates the Brugmansia from the true species of Datura is that the Brugmansia are large shrubs or small trees and the Datura, or Jimsonweeds (a name corrupted from Jamestown weed), are annual or perennial herbs. 

This information about Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.