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Iochroma grandiflora

This may be the closest there is to a blue Brugmansia!  Iochroma grandiflora is a rare Brugmansia relative from Peru with miniature blue Angel's Trumpet flowers!  All year long, the plant is covered with flaring blossoms almost 3 inches long - probably the largest of all Iochroma species.  This is a very beautiful plant that happens to be easy to grow.  Fresh (not stored) seeds are rarely seen for sale.

Iochroma grandiflora - Blue Angel's trumpet

Iochroma grandiflora is an evergreen bush or tree that grows 18 to 20 feet tall here in San Francisco.  It may be pruned to any size that is convenient.  The plant prefers moderate temperatures and cooler nights, however there are reports of it growing in warmer climates like Florida, where it flowers during the cooler months.  Still, consider it experimental in very hot or dry climates.  It should be protected from frost, although it can probably survive a few degrees of frost.  It grows well indoors in a large pot.

Iochroma grandiflora

The plant likes mostly-sunny conditions.  In warmer conditions, it's best to give it some afternoon shade.  It prefers moist, well-draining soil and regular feeding, much like its cousin, the Brugmansia.  In the right conditions, it is an easy plant.
Note that the leaves and flowers are reported to contain a toxin, so keep children and pets from eating them.

Iochroma grandiflora

 

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