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Brugmansia Sanguinea: A patient gardener is always rewarded

Brugmansia Sanguinea or Blood-red Angel’s Trumpet is native to the midland and lowland areas around the Andes mountain range in South America. It grows wildly throughout Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, and Peru. It has also been found growing at sea level in Chile. They are endemic to the Andes mountains from Colombia to northern Chile at elevations from 2,000 to 3,000 m. It is considered a cold variety species and is a good choice for growing outside in the UK in frost free locations. Alternatively transplant from the ground to a greenhouse when frost's arrive.

I originally saw these growing outside on the Isles of Scilly and this is the species of Brugmansia which inspired me to setup Exotic Earth Plants! Having seen it growing outside in the UK prompted me to investigate why I hadn't seen more on mainland UK. Having now obtained a curious eye for angel trumpets I began to notice more but mainly in subtropical gardens and national trust properties of which Agatha Christie's Greenway orangery is one.

After joining Brugmansia Growers International I obtained some seeds of Brugmansia Sanguinea of which 1 germinated! Having grown and natured it for three years to a size suitable for flowering it has been a long but we'll worth wait to finally see it in all its scarlet colour glory.

Rooted cuttings are available for those adventurous subtropical Gardeners via the plant shop but remember the plant is not frost hardy and should be cared for appropriately in a similar way to other Brugmansia.

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