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Don't let angel's trumpet scare you off. It's easy to grow.

Don't let angel's trumpet scare you off. It's easy to grow

So astounding is angel's trumpet that it scares off some first-time gardeners. Its big, bold silhouette and often fragrant blossoms suggest an exotic hothouse plant that is difficult to find and to grow.

Not so. You can find plants--labeled Brugmansia or Datura--in some nurseries, or order by mail. And angel's trumpet will thrive in any nearly frost-free climate. In slightly colder climates, you can put plants in containers and move them to a protected spot when frost threatens.

Growing to 18 feet or more, this shrub can dominate small gardens. Blossoms appear from late spring through fall and come in apricot, lavender, orange, pink, white, and yellow. Some varieties even have double flowers with ruffled petals inside. Angel's trumpet is poisonous, so don't let children or pets chew on any part.

Plant angel's trumpet out of the wind in full sun or light shade and in fast-draining soil. Give ample water during growth and bloom period. Prune after last frost to shape and remove damaged wood.

If you can't find plants at nurseries, consider growing angel's trumpet from cuttings. Take them from a neighbor's plant or look for plants at garden club sales. Cuttings root readily and grow quickly. Eight kinds of angel's trumpet are available by mail order from Logee's Greenhouses, 55 North St., Danielson, Conn. 06239 (catalog $3).

Photo: Flared 8-inch-long flowers give angel's trumpet its name. This vigorous 2-year-old is nearly 6 feet high, has fragrant white blossoms

Photo: 1. Take cutting about 6 inches from tip and just below leaf node. Remove leaves from lowest one or two nodes

Photo: 2. Root cutting in 4-inch pot filled with porous potting mix. As plant grows, move it to a bigger pot

Photo: 3. In first year, plant grows to 4 1/2 feet, bears first flowers

Photo: Eighteen feet high after 16 years, cutting-grown angel's trumpet in Santa Cruz, California, blooms summer through fall
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