Brugmansia suaveolens is a South American semi-woody shrub or small tree that can reach heights up to 16 feet tall. The species grows giant trumpet shaped yellow flowers that hang down from the tree. This is where Brugmansia suaveolens gets the common name Angel Trumpet. Angel Trumpet is a popular ornamental plant in areas with non-freezing climates. However, Brugmansia suaveolens can still be enjoyed in colder climates by growing them large containers and bringing them indoors for the winter months.
Angel Trumpet has been ritually used by many South American cultures. The Ingano and Siona use Brugmansia suaveolens as an entheogen for religious and spiritual ceremonies. Angel Trumpet has also been used by some Amazonian tribes as an admixture in Ayahuasca to increase its potency. Some South American cultures have used Brugmansia suaveolens as a treatment for unruly children. It is believed that the ancestral spirits the children encounter while in the spirit world will reprimand them for their behavior. In southern Brazil, Angel Trumpet flowers and seeds are mixed with water for analgesic-like effects. Flower extracts have also been shown to provide pain-killing activity in mice.
It is important to note that all part of the species Brugmansia suaveolens (Angel Trumpet) are poisonous. The seeds and leaves are the most dangerous. Please be sure to keep the seeds away from all children and pets. Angel Trumpet is rich in Scopolamine (hyoscine), hyoscyamine, atropine, and several other tropane alkaloids. Ingestion of any part of Brugmansia suaveolens may result in paralysis of smooth muscles, confusion, tachycardia, dry mouth, diarrhea, visual and auditory hallucinations, mydriasis, rapid onset cycloplegia, and even death.