Brugmansia sanguinea (Ruiz & Pav.) D.Don var. bicolor

See Brugmansia sanguinea (Ruiz & Pav.) D.Don for discussion of the species.  Brugmansia bicolor Pers. is generally considered a synonym of Brugmansia sanguinea but this is a somewhat variable species and Macarthur’s plants may have been somewhat different.  Bicolor is described in Paxton’s Dictionary as a tender perennial from Peru with dark red flowers, introduced to Britain in 1833.  This is presumably identical with the Datura bicolor of Johnsons’ Dictionary.  The same origin is given and the flower described as dark red with a two-coloured corolla.

Horticultural & Botanical History

It is figured and described as Brugmansia bicolor in the Botanical Register [BR f.1739/1835] and that is the figure used here.

History at Camden Park

Desideratum to Loddiges nursery, 6th January 1845.  [MP A2933-2, p.28].  Brugmansia sanguinea is somewhat variable in colour, sometimes almost self-coloured, sometimes more distinctly bi-coloured.  When requesting this plant Macarthur probably had a distinctly bi-coloured plant in mind.


Published Feb 27, 2010 - 02:20 PM | Last updated Feb 27, 2010 - 02:24 PM

Figured is a large lobed leaf and pendant, narrowly trumpet-shaped red flower.  Botanical Register f.1739, 1835.

Brugmansia sanguinea (Ruiz & Pav.) D.Don | BR f.1739/1835 | BHL

More details about Brugmansia sanguinea (Ruiz & Pav.) D.Don var. bicolor
Family Solanaceae
Region of origin

South America

  • Brugmansia bicolor Pers.
Common Name

Red angels? trumpets

Name in the Camden Park Record

Brugmansia sanguinea var. bicolor 

Confidence level high