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'Purple Passion'

Angel's trumpet

Brugmansia (formerly Datura)

Why I love this plant

• The glossy purple flowers are 4- to 5-inch-long trumpets that hang elegantly from the stems.

• Most flowers open to show white on the inside, a lovely contrast to the purple outside.

• Its flowers are double, one inside the other.

• The leaves and stems are green with a purple tinge and look something like giant potato leaves (the two are related, after all).

• These shrubby annuals will grow 4 feet or more in one summer.

• They bloom prolifically until frost.

• Angel's trumpet has a wonderful fragrance.

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Caring for angel's trumpet

• Plant it in full sun to part shade, where it will stand out.

• It makes a great patio plant, too Ñ a real conversation piece.

• Fast growth means the plant needs lots of water and fertilizer.

• Fertilize with a 20-20-20 fertilizer twice a week in summer.

• If winters are mild, this tropical shrub will winter over, but a real cold snap will kill it.

• Many people winter them over in garages or basements.

• Warning: This plant puts out seed pods that are poisonous and must be kept away from kids and pets.