Unfamiliar and unorthodox, brugmansias and daturas are the floral opposites of the quaintly reassuring lilacs and pinks. Hothouse curiosities, angel's trumpets and thorn apples, respectively, were used by native cultures for their hallucinogenic and healing properties, anticipating modern medicine's use as antispasmodics. Under the expert tutelage of husband-and-wife authors Preissel, adventurous gardeners receive guidance on cultivating these alluring bell-shaped beauties for horticultural uses in sunrooms or outdoor containers. Carol Haggas
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The Preissels have succeeded in producing a reference that makes the gardening world more aware of these unique plants ... The book is a welcome guide to growers and collectors of angel's trumpets. (John Bagnasco Garden Compass 2002-06-14)
Readable, profusely illustrated ... an excellent guide. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator 2002-12-12)
More than a 100-color photos and textbook style information make this a book for both the hobby gardener and serious horticulturist. (Marianne Binietti Seattle Post-Intelligencer 2002-06-20)
Packed into 144 pages are 110 photos and information about mythical perspectives and the realities of growing the plants. (Fresno Bee 2002-06-15)
Clarifies the distinguishing characteristics between these two genera and shares the rich cultural and historic origins of these often confused plants. (Kristin G. Pategas Ornamental Outlook 2003-02-00)
Clearly written for both professionals and amateurs, will become a standard in the literature on these plants. (Adele Kleine Current Books on Gardening and Botany [Chicago Bot 2003-06-00)