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Brugmansia and Datura: Angel's Trumpets and Thorn Apples [Paperback]

Ulrike Preissel , Hans-Georg Preissel
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March 2 2002

Stately Angel's Trumpets -- Brugmansia -- are spectacular plants, growing like small trees and living for several years. Datura, sometimes called Thorn Apples, are mostly annuals and are cultivated like summer flowers. The impressive bell flowers of both varieties -- in white, yellow, pink and red -- are extraordinarily decorative. It's no surprise that Brugmansia and Datura are prized by enthusiasts around the world.

This comprehensive guide for North American gardeners features:

  • history and folklore of Brugmansia and Datura
  • the latest information on how to distinguish and classify Brugmansia and Datura
  • form and shape of the flowers and plants -
  • covering all aspects of species, hybrids and varities
  • hybrid Angel's Trumpets and wild species of Thorn Apples
  • building a Brugmansia collection
  • care and cultivation
  • over-wintering, propagation and breeding
  • diseases and pests
  • index, bibliography and nursery sources
  • over 110 beautiful color photographs and numerous illustrations.


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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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
the preissel book is the most complete description of the two genus brugmansia (angel's trumpets) and datura (thorn apple) available today. the pictures are beautiful, the language understandable (you won't need a degree in botany to proceed).
they give keys to distinguish all the known species, and (with brugmansia) for the usual hybrids, and they give many hints for gardening.
in short: highly recommendable.
by the way, if you don't know what plants angel's trumpets are, try a web search for pictures - you'll be interested, I promise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Scrumptious" for The Fancier Dec 23 2002
Format:Paperback
The brief but extensively visual book presents the reader a wonderful world of Brugmansias and Daturas. Regardless of the the text, the photos are freestanding without even paying attention to anything else. A lively world of colors awaits the beholder (and reader), just waiting to be opened and dellighted in. Advisable for the lay as to the professional alike.
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Format:Hardcover
the preissel book is the most complete description of the two genus brugmansia (angel's trumpets) and datura (thorn apple) available today. the pictures are beautiful, the language understandable (you won't need a degree in botany to proceed).
they give keys to distinguish all the known species, and (with brugmansia) for the usual hybrids, and they give many hints for gardening.
in short: highly recommendable.
by the way, if you don't know what plants angel's trumpets are, try a web search for pictures - you'll be interested, I promise.
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