Brugmansia candida

Angel's trumpet

Also known as:


Family: Solanaceae

Origin: South America

Angel's trumpet flowers hanging down.
All parts of angel’s trumpets are considered poisonous.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow

Regional Pest Management Plan (RPMP) status

  • Not a legally declared pest

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General description

Soft woody perennial shrub < 3 m tall. Leaves are ovate, soft, alternate, dark green and covered in fine hairs. Flowers are large, pendulous, trumpet-like, white/pink/apricot, fragrant at night and borne all year round. Fruit is rare.

What you need to know

Although angel’s trumpet is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower-risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.


Forest and riparian margins, disturbed habitats, wasteland, urban areas.


Seed set is rare. Vegetative spread from cuttings and rhizome fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Impact on environment

Toxic to animals and humans.


Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out.

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts.

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill.


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications: Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel. Frill stem and paste fresh cuts with metsulfuron gel.

Caution: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Angels trumpet flowers hang upside down and flare out at the tips.
Flowers are large and trumpet-like, white/pink/apricot in colour.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
The leaves of the angels trumpet are wide.
Angel's trumpet is a small tree with large soft leaves.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow
A small angels trumpet tree with flowers hanging down and leaves.
Flowers become fragrant at night.
Photo credit: Jonathan Boow