Brugmansia sanguinea – Red Angel Trumpet

P1020821No, I haven’t been on a short break trekking in the Andes, this photograph was taken yesterday in exotic North Devon.  This is Brugmansia sanguinea, a glamorous member of the Solonaceae family, relative of the potato, tomato and aubergine.  The Red Angel Trumpet is tougher than it looks, although it will crumple dramatically if frosted, like an Edwardian lady having an attack of the vapours. It will often recover from its “funny turn” especially if you have remembered your protective mulch or fleece.  We are of course in the balmy South West where we wear Hawaiian shirts and flip-flops all year round so some of you tough Northerners with your cloth caps and whippets may struggle.  The other option is to keep it in a pot and transfer it inside for the cold months.  The reward is “stop you in your tracks” spectacular, brightening a rainy autumn day.