Brugmansia aurea

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Brugmansia aurea

Extinct in the Wild  (IUCN 3.1)[1]
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Brugmansia
B. aurea
Binomial name
Brugmansia aurea

Brugmansia pittieri

Brugmansia aurea, the golden angel's trumpet, is a species of

IUCN but before that, it was listed as Vulnerable.[1]

Despite being declared extinct in its native range, Brugmansia aurea is a popular ornamental and is widely cultivated, like the other members of its genus. It is sold and grown as a garden plant, described as a large evergreen subtropical shrub capable of growing to 20 ft (6.1 m) in height. The large, pendent, trumpet-shaped yellow or white blooms appear in summer and autumn in the Northern Hemisphere. These flowers produce a sweet and pleasant fragrance, which is at its strongest in the evening.[2]


The Latin specific epithet aurea means "golden".[3]


Several cultivars exist, notably 'Grand Marnier' with peach-coloured flowers. As with other members of its genus, it cannot handle temperatures below 5 °C (41 °F), but in colder climates can be placed outside in a sheltered spot during the summer months.[4][5]


  • Brugmansia affinis
  • Datura aurea
  • Datura affinis


All parts of the plant are poisonous.[6]


It is used as a hallucinogen. Its most potent cultivar is Culebra Borrachero, which has a high concentration of the psychoactive scopolamine.[7] It has also been used as a truth serum.[8] Borrachero loosely translates to "get-you-drunk", and scopolamine is also known as Devil's Breath[9] and burundanga.[10]


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  2. Gardener's World
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  4. ^ "Brugmansia aurea 'Grand Marnier'". RHS. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Angel's Trumpet, Brugmansia". Wisconsin Horticulture. Retrieved 2024-01-14.
  6. ^ "Angel's Trumpet," The Better Homes and Gardens Plant Encyclopedia.
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  9. ^ Draper, Lucy (September 3, 2015). "Does the 'Devil's Breath' Drug Really Exist?". Newsweek. Retrieved April 13, 2017.
  10. The Huffington Post
    . Retrieved April 13, 2017.