Brugmansia: Friend or Foe?

I was in the back garden yesterday and I hear a voice over the fence.  It was our neighbor pointing at his Brugmansia and that he heard that it may be poisonous. Well, it can be if ingested and painful if it gets in your eye.

Brugmansia insignis 'Jean Pasko'

Brugmansia insignis ‘Jean Pasko’

I did some research and all parts of the plant are poisonous to humans, pets, and livestock. Apparently, some regions of the country have banned the sale of it because death can occur if ingested.  Looks like the Bay Area is not one of those regions.  We were in the San Francisco Botanical Gardens admiring this golden flowering cultivar called Brugmansia insignis ‘Jean Pasko’.

Brugmansia insignis 'Jean Pasko'

Brugmansia insignis ‘Jean Pasko’

If I had to choose a Brugmansia, I would pick this red and yellow one below, Brugmansia sanguinea ‘Pasachoa’.

Brugmansia sanguinea 'Pasachoa'

Brugmansia sanguinea ‘Pasachoa’

These guys like fertile, well draining soil, and full sun to part shade.  They belong to SOLANACEAE, the Nightshade family.  A lot of agricultural crops also belong to the Nightshade family such as tomatoes.  We’ve lived with the neightbor’s plant for several years (it drapes over to our side of the fence).  I think we should be fine…but will be diligent wearing gloves whenever I’m trimming this guy away from the fence.  Does anybody have any tips or stories on this plant…good or bad?

– Far Out Flora

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