iBrugs Featured Plants, Members, Growers & More!

During the course of each month iBrugs.com will offer feature articles and profiles on plants, members, and more.  Current articles are listed below with a complete archive list posted to the right.

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Member Spotlight
Member Spotlight: Elizabeth Jackson by RJ

Elizabeth, thank you for taking out the time for me to ask you some questions regarding your passion for Brugs. I'm sure all of the readers will enjoy a virtual walk through your garden to see how they've blessed you with blooms thanks to all of your hard work and dedication.

Does anyone in your family share your enjoyment of Brugmansia?

All of my family enjoy and appreciate my Brugmansia collection, and enjoy visiting when they are all in bloom. One of my.... (read on)

Member Spotlight: Interview with Brenda Sipher by host
What is your first recollection of the start of your love for Brugmansia?

I was working in a flower shop when a customer told me about Brugmansia. I looked it up on the internet, and knew I had to have one. I found a garden center in New York that advertised Brugmansia and my husband and I went to New York for a plant. I was terrified that they would have none left.  Upon entering the garden center I saw a tall versicolor peach loaded with at least 1,000 blooms.....


Featured Brugmansia
Brugmansia “Painted Lady” by RJ

Brugmansia 'Painted Lady"

There are few Brugmansia which can compare to the Larger Than Life presence of Painted Lady. A rich pink/red that triumphs richness and depth, Bonnie Vaughn must've thought she'd been touched by an angel when she saw this bloom for the first time.

This treasure is a must have for any Brugmansia grower, as it's striking beauty is beyond compare. From the first glance at a distance, hanging elegantly on a sturdy, stately tree, this one can't be ignored, as it's intense carmine red presence...


Brugmansia "Jacayna" by Space Dog

Jacayna is a very interesting Brug. The plant is stout and a very vigorous grower. Leaves are ovate, wide and a tad serrated. Cuttings root very easily. Nice, strong fragrance. All are fine qualities. The flower, however,  is  unusual with it's wide, pink-yellow-white colored corolla that sometimes sports seven distinctive corolla teeth.  She's obviously got a distinctive suavoleans look about her, yet there's something indefinable about what's lurking in her genes.

Sphaerocarpium: Brugmansia vulcanicola “Zuñac” by RJ

The region in which this Brugmansia is found is an area located in the foothills of eastward slopes known regionally as the Rio Topo-Rio Zuñac basin in central Ecuador. The valley is bordered on the east by the Cordillera Abitagua, a very rich center of plant endemism with many endemic species, being mostly orchids. Though the higher parts of the Cordillera Abitagua are part of the Llanganates National Park, the rich soil middle slopes and the lower Topo-Zuñac valley are unprotected territories. The plant and wildlife are in danger of being lost due to modernization.


Featured Hybridizer
Featured Hybridizer - Brenda Bautista by RJ

Brenda, it's always a pleasure to catch up with you and have a virtual look through all of your beautiful crosses. I'd love to have everyone get acquainted with your garden, your never-ending projects, and your methods of coming up with such beauties. Here's a few questions that I think will be fascinating for our readers.

 What year did you start growing Brugmansia?


I began growing Brugmansia in 1994. A friend of mine gave me starts of a yellow, white, and a pink one that his father was growing. These varieties had......(read on)

Featured Hybridizer: Patrick Forgey by John

Where do you garden? Do you grow your plants in the ground and/or containers?  What challenges are specific to your area?

Patrick Forgey

I live in the Puget Sound region, south of Seattle, WA....USDA zone 8b. My outdoor season is from about mid-April to early November. My home has......(read on)