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Angel's Trumpet Podding


This guy, Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi’, has intensely fragrant flowering bells.  Man, these Brugmansias are growing on me.  Besides sweet smelling, the blooms are ginormous.


Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'

Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'


This cultivar is a hybrid between Brugmansia ‘Dr. Seuss’ & Brugmansia ‘Frosty Pink’ and named after the late California Landscape Designer,Charles Grimaldi.  Stats say that this guy mainly blooms during late summer to early fall, but it seems to me that it’s always pumping out the flowers.  BTW, you can find Brug in Strybing near the main offices.


Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'

Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'


Brugmansias are native to Central and South America and this guy grows to about 12 x 12 feet.  In San Francisco it likes full sun to part shade.


Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'

Angel Trumpet - Brugmansia 'Charles Grimaldi'


So here are the seed pods.  You should let the pods dry on the plant, and then crack them open to collect the seeds.  Their seeds don’t store well…so plant them shortly after collecting.  Just be aware that many cultivars often don’t produce seed pods and, genetically, the seeds may not give you the same traits.  If you want to propagate a cultivar…it’s best to take a stem cutting.

Hey out there.  I’m really curious about who was Charles Grimaldi.  All I could find was that he was a California Landscape Designer, but I could find nothing else.  Anybody know more info about who he was?

– Far Out Flora


  1. I think Charles Grimaldi lived in San Francisco. Some of the folks at the Bromeliad Society knew him, like John White. Search SFGate death notice archives.

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  3. Charles Grimaldi is my great uncle, and yes he did leave and die in San Francisco, My mom and I are looking at the site, since we are both going to paint one of these pics!


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