Ask the gardening expert
Thursday, November 3, 2011
What’s the difference between a Datura and a Brugmansia?
There are some slight differences, we are told, however even scientists argue about the difference. So we’ll not bother trying to sort out questions that even horticultural scientists have not decided.
We do know that Brugmansia blooms look down and Datura blooms look up, and both blooms open at night and release a wonderfully musky aroma.
I know you can over-winter both plants indoors without any problem or protect them in a garage or other frost free spot.
One more thing: All parts of both plants are extremely poisonous, so keep them away from children and pets.
Celeste Lindsay is a WSU master gardener. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.