Solanaceae (nightshade family) Brugmansia

Brugmansia × insignis angel’s trumpet

Brugmansia × insignis. John Rawlings, 2 Oct. 2003

Angel’s trumpet (formerly Datura) grows outside the north entrance to the Faculty Club. The golden, hanging trumpets, which come in summer through fall, are enormous, as are the leaves. This probably is variety ‘Charles Grimaldi’. Nearby along the path is a second specimen, possibly the species B. sanguinea, with orange-red flowers and lobed leaves. The poisonous jimsonweed (Datura stramonium) is a close relative that grows all over California, and indeed most of the United States, and has ritual uses among Native Americans, for example, the Zuñi.

About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005.