Plant of the Day – Brugmansia ‘Inca Sun’

Flowers open all summer long on this gem.

Flowers open all summer long on this gem.

Brugmansia ‘Inca Sun’ has been gracing our entry garden across from the McSwain Center at the JC Raulston Arboretum for several years and we’ve been thoroughly impressed with its performance.  Unlike most hardy angel’s trumpets which need to reach about 4′ or so before they begin flowering and then flower on and off in waves, ‘Inca Sun’ will begin flowering each year when the new stems reach about 2′ tall and continue with a succession of blooms all summer.  The large (to 1′) yellow pendant flowers provide an intoxicating aroma in the garden especially as evening hits.  Angel’s trumpet likes plenty of sun and responds well to fertilizer and moisture so long as it does not have wet feet.  Expect a well-established plant of ‘Inca Sun’ to grow to about 5′ tall.  In winter, the stems will be killed to the ground in temperate climates but will erupt in spring as the ground warms.  It will naturally grow as a multi-stemmed plant, but it can be pruned to a single stem.  It grows equally well in a container and can be a stunning patio tree but the pot will need to be moved indoors in winter.

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The huge flowers are at their most fragrant just in time for evening cocktails after work.

The huge flowers are at their most fragrant just in time for evening cocktails after work.

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