Home

Strange Wonderful Things

Rare and exotic plants & seeds

Turquoise Puya

Brugmansia vulcanicola 

I produced a rare hybrid between Brugmansia "Vulsa" (which is a cross between the rare B. vulcanicola and B. sanguinea) and the red Brugmansia sanguinea.  Shown here are the 2 parent plants.  I have not seen the flowers of my hybrid, but someone else made a similar cross and the results are here.  Both parent plants come from cool climates and tend not to thrive in hot conditions.  I don't know any other source for seeds of this hybrid.

Brugmansia sanguinea - The Red Angel's Trumpet

 Brugmansia "Vulsa" was collected in Colombia by the late Brugmansia researcher Tommie Lockwood, who labeled it Brugmansia vulcanicola.  It is now believed to be a naturally-occurring hybrid of Brugmansia vulcanicola and B. sanguinea.  Its pinstriped flowers are a delicate shade of salmon or orangey-pink, while those of B. sanguinea are a brilliant red.  The blooms of both plants average 7 to 9 inches long, and both trees grow about 12 to 15 feet tall.  Like most hybrids, this new cross may be variable.  Most of the seedlings will probably be a shade of orange as seen here, and some may have overtones of red or pink.  While the flower color will be unpredictable, fortunately there is no such thing as an ugly Brugmansia!

Brugmansia vulcanicola

Brugmansia sanguinea - Red Angel's Trumpet

Both parent plants come from higher elevations than typical Brugmansias, so they are used to mild daytime temperatures, and nights that are cool.  Temperatures above the low 70s (23C) can inhibit flowering, and the plants might decline if temperatures are consistently above 85F (30C), especially if nights are warm.  They can survive brief dips down to 26-28 F (-2 to -3C), but it's best to protect them from all frost.  They prefer part-sun, with protection from strong afternoon sun.  Like other Brugmansias, they enjoy fertile, well-draining soil that's kept evenly moist.  Over about 40% humidity is recommended.

Brugmansia vulcanicola

Brugmansia sanguinea - The Red Brugmansia

 

Check availability

 

Germination tips for this plant

 

Home

Strange Wonderful Things

Rare and exotic plants

Turquoise Puya

Entire site Copyright 2003-2017 by Strange Wonderful Things, except as noted