Brugmansia aurea ‘Culebra’ (plant)
Brugmansia are a genus native to South America in the Solanaceae family. Brugmansia aurea is originally from the high Andes regions of northern Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador. Brugmansia aurea ‘Culebra’ was re-discovered in the Sibundoy Valley in Colombia, 1942 and originally described by R.E. Schultes as Methysticodendron amesianum and named after his professor and Director of Harvard Botanic Garden, Oakes Ames.
The common name Culebra is a translation of the description ‘mutscuai borrachero’ used by the Kamsa Indians. The most literal translation would mean ‘plant of the snake that intoxicates or makes drunk’ (Preissel & Preissel, 2001).
A beautiful shrub with white segmented flowers which emit a typical B. aurea perfume in late afternoon/night. Long, narrow highly ornamental leaves.
Contains tropane alkaloids so care should be taken when handling all plant parts. Most Brugmansia species are used medicinally or for divining purposes in South America. Culebra is particularly rich in tropane alkaloids and widely used in its native habitat for rheumatic and arthritic pains.
Care and Cultivation
Likes a part shade/full shade position with excellent drainage. Likes a lot of fertiliser and water which will also encourage flowering. Give a lot of root room as Brugmansia tend to fill their pot quickly. Flowers after reaching a certain height, not age.