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Brugmansia and Datura - The difference between the two

Two related species, Brugmansia and Datura are often confused, however thry different in a number of ways and are easily identified. Three main differences are in growth habit help with identification.

The real give away is the flowers, Brugmansia flowers point downward, they hang beneath the foliage. Datura flowers point upwards often above the foliage.

  • Brugmansia flowers are pendulous
    Datura flowers are upright
  • Brugmansia are also taller growing, in general Datura are lower growing, mound forming shrubs.
  • The fruit of the Brugmansia is smooth, while that of the Datura is spiky.