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Last season I ramped up my brugmansia hybridizing efforts using brugmansias with mutant and deeply serrated foliage.  The results of those...

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Sommer Gardens / Saturday, March 10, 2012 / Categories: Brugmansia, Seedlings

A tiny gem of a Brugmansia

I've been watching this Angel Trumpet seedling for the past two years and now I'm ready to place it on my "to be registered' list.  It is from a cross I made between Brugmansia Naughty Nick x Cleopatra.
naughtynickxcleopatra-3.jpgDon't be fooled by the photo and assume the blooms are large. The blooms on this seedling are always less than two inches across. The blooms start out cream colored and slowly pick up some apricot highlights as they mature. 

While the blooms may be petite, the plant is not.  It definitely has its mother's genes when it comes to growth habit. The main stock plant I have of this cross is easily 8 feet tall, however other plants growing in smaller pots are easily kept small.

naughtynickxcleopatra-4.jpgI have a group of seedlings with small blooms that I am using in my hybridizing program.  One of my goals is to develop a compact brugmansia with petite blooms like this one.  I'm also working with a seedling from a different cross that has triple pink blooms about the same size as this one.  Now I just need a nice bright yellow one to work with as well.
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