It's a Brugmansia (probably B. aurea), commonly known as Angel's Trumpet. I wasn't really aware it was there until it bloomed and then it couldn't be ignored. The plant is over 7 feet tall. The blooms hang about 15 inches from their leaf joints and the trumpet-shaped flowers are about 8 inches long. Despite the minor ownership issue, it's my contribution to the favorite plant meme sponsored by Loree of danger garden.
I had a peach colored Brugmansia many years ago in a large pot on a small side yard porch. As I recall, I got rid of it when we screened in the side yard as an outdoor space for 2 trouble prone adolescent cats I'd adopted. All parts of the Brugmansia are poisonous if swallowed and these cats were not to be trusted.
|Max & Ming, the troublesome cats in question|
After seeing my neighbor's plant in bloom, I'm thinking of getting a Brugmansia to put in a large container in what is currently a rather dull area of my garden, a partially shaded section bordering the street, which thus far has received limited attention.
|This area still needs serious work|
The Brugmansia is native to the tropical areas of South America. Most are fragrant, especially in evening hours when they attract pollinating moths. They can tolerate a range of sun conditions, from full sun to partial shade but they require regular water. They're hardy in USDA zones 8-11 and Sunset zones 12,13, 16-24, and H1-2.
You can view Loree's favorite plant this week and link to other gardeners' favorites at Loree's danger garden blog.