Brugmansia aurea

  • Brugmansia aurea


An Angel’s Trumpet in our exotic gardens

Exotic gardens often overflow with fascinating plants, but few are as captivating as the Brugmansia aurea, more commonly referred to as Angel’s Trumpet. Originating from South America, this plant is reputed for its dangling, trumpet-shaped flowers and heady scent. Of course, you’ll find it on the Décou’Verte® botanical footpath at your favourite seaside campsite! Let’s have a closer look at its unique features and explore some fun and intriguing anecdotes illustrating its charm and intrigue.

Brugmansia aurea is renowned for its large, trumpet-shaped flowers, hanging gracefully from its branches.

It is often mistaken for the Datura, or moonflower, which has a very similar appearance but whose flowers are erect, unlike those of Brugmansia. Brugmansia is a shrub too, while most Daturas are annual herbaceous plants.

Angel’s Trumpet flowers can measure up to 30 cm in length and come in a variety of colours ranging from white to golden yellow. The Brugmansia aurea on show at our four-star campsite Les Jardins de La Pascalinette ® is endowed with spectacular yellow flowers. Their sweet scent, which is particularly strong in the evening, perfumes our gardens and attracts moths.

Beautiful but poisonous

In various South American cultures, Angel’s Trumpet is associated with mystical beliefs and shamanic rituals. Some indigenous tribes believed that Brugmansia flowers had the power to communicate with spirits and induce trance states. As a result, the plant was widely used in religious ceremonies and healing rituals. The tissues of Angel’s Trumpet contain alkaloids (atropine and scopolamine), making the plant toxic and even potentially fatal. It is therefore strictly recommended not to touch it!

Despite its reputation, Brugmansia aurea is valued in horticulture for its easy maintenance and ability to thrive in a variety of environments. Although it is native to tropical regions, it also grows well in more temperate climates, provided it is exposed to plenty of sunlight and the soil is well-drained. You will often come across it during your strolls in the Var area, adorning both private gardens and Nos Coins de Paradis ® (Our Corners of Paradise)!


Latin name :Brugmansia aurea
Family :Solanaceae
Genus :Brugmansia
Species :Aurea
Variety :Yellow
Color :Yellow
Origin :South America
Foliage :Evergreen
Port :Flowering shrub
Height :2 to 5 m
Flowering :May-September
Brugmansia aurea

Did you know?

The shrub exhales a powerful fragrance that attracts moths at nightfall