If you are into frills and furbelows, it is hard to go past the charm of this double flowered, pure white brugmansia. It is a member of the solanum family – as are tomatoes, capsicums, aubergines and, indeed, the dreaded woolly nightshade. None are as ornamental. The fragrant brugmansias hail from South America, mostly around Ecuador and the Andes, and are somewhat frost tender so presumably it is low altitude Andes. They are woody shrubs, around 3 metres high. This one is likely to be Brugmansia x candida (or aurea x versicolour), sometimes referred to as B. “Knightii”. We have it growing in open woodland conditions but it is also quite happy in full sun.
The differentiation between brugmansia and datura seems to be on a sliding scale. Brugmansias all used to be classified as datura. Now there is a school of thought that all datura are in fact brugmansia. What is usually referred to as a brugmansia has hanging (pendulous) flowers and woody stems whereas what are commonly called datura have horizontal or upward facing flowers and herbaceous growth. In days gone by, suicidal youths would regularly kill themselves trying for hallucinogenic experiences (now probably replaced by synthetic drugs which, while not safe, are not usually fatal). The problem is that while there are hallucinogenic properties, all parts of this plant are highly poisonous. A psychedelic trip can be a one-off experience with a high price to pay.