Having just picked up our take-out Thai for dinner I was headed home, ready to relax on the patio after a long day at work, when I saw it. WAIT! What is that? Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a huge white flower. Instinct was to slam on the brakes to get a better look. Luckily the sensible driver in me (who knew I had one!!!?) continued on and went back around the block.
Wow. I don’t know enough to tell if it is a Brugmansia or Datura, but I believe that Brugmansia flowers usually point down where as Datura tend to point upward? (please correct me if I am wrong!)
The flowers were huge! (yep that’s my hand for scale)
The new blossoms about to unfold had a great tobacco stained coloring.
The odd thing was there were several plants scattered along the sidewalk. The sort of planting you usually see when a plant self-sows. I was so fascinated with the possibility that this plant might have actually made it through a Portland winter, to multiply on its own, that I went and knocked on the door (yikes!) I needed to know more. Unfortunately nobody was home, or maybe they could see the excitement in my eyes and were too afraid of me to answer the door! No worries, I will be back…this is too good to not know more about it!