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Brugmansia vulcanicola "Vulsa"

Brugmansia vulcanicola, considered the rarest Brugmansia, comes from the cool mountains of Colombia, where it is scarce.  The plant shown here was said to be the true species, but i am offering it as a hybrid, due to some uncertainly about its parentage (more on this below).  Because of its highland origins, the plant isn't suitable for warm climates.  If you can provide the right conditions, it's an easy and very beautiful plant.  It is rarely seen for sale.

Brugmansia vulcanicola

 This plant was collected in Colombia by the late Brugmansia researcher Tommie Lockwood, who labeled it Brugmansia vulcanicola.  Some think it may be a naturally-occurring hybrid of Brugmansia vulcanicola and B. sanguinea.  The tree grows to about 12 to 14 feet tall here in San Francisco.  The blooms appear in waves throughout much of the year.  Each flower is 6 to 9 inches long, with pin-striping down the length of the corolla.  The color is a delicate shade of salmon or orangey-pink truly exquisite.  The flowers often last for up to a week on the tree.  The plant is not self-fertile, but it can cross-breed with Brugmansia sanguinea, B. arborea, and B. x flava.

Brugmansia vulcanicola

This Brugmansia is happiest with temperatures below the low 80s (28C), with nights that are cool.  It might not thrive in consistently hot conditions, particularly if nights are warm.  It can probably survive a few degrees of frost, but i recommend protecting it from freezing temperatures.  It grows best in partly-sunny conditions, with some protection from strong afternoon sun.  Like other Brugmansias, it enjoys moist, well-draining soil, regular feeding, and some humidity.

Brugmansia vulcanicola

 

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