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Old 08-04-2009, 03:30 PM
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Location: Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Default Saw a pretty and unusual flower today

I was walking in a neighborhood and saw this really striking flower. I hope somebody can help me identify it without a picture.

It was a humongous white trumpet shaped drooping flower on a knee-high shrub.
That is about the best I can do since I did not want to get in the person's yard for a better look. I would love to have it whatever it is.

Anybody have any idea what I'm talking about? Thanks so much. I'm in zone 7b.
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Old 08-04-2009, 03:59 PM
 
Location: rain city
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White trumpet lily?

Care Information For White Trumpet Lily - Calyx Flowers Floral Library
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Old 08-04-2009, 04:14 PM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Hibiscus?


http://www.fotosearch.com/bthumb/PHC/PHC002/200338778-001.jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:13 PM
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No it isn't a lilly or hibiscus. It hangs down so you can not even see inside the flower. It is "pendulous and drooping" and it was definitely on a woody shrub without a great deal of leaves. All I could see really was a few leaves and these great bell-trumpet like hanging down flowers. How I wish I could draw on here. I've looked up white flowers and nothing comes close. I mean these flowers were BIG. And it had to have been in that yard for some time cause the current owners don't appear to be very garden type folks. you know the kind--like me who would rather spend money on plant material than food or clothes...If I ever find out I will post a picture. how would you feel if a stranger came to your house, rang the doorbell and asked "What is that flower in your yard?"
I'm almost tempted but I'm hoping somebody on here can help.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Look up Datura. . . lots of varieties, depending on where you live. . .
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:27 PM
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Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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No it isn't a lilly or hibiscus. It hangs down so you can not even see inside the flower. It is "pendulous and drooping" and it was definitely on a woody shrub without a great deal of leaves. All I could see really was a few leaves and these great bell-trumpet like hanging down flowers. How I wish I could draw on here. I've looked up white flowers and nothing comes close. I mean these flowers were BIG. And it had to have been in that yard for some time cause the current owners don't appear to be very garden type folks. you know the kind--like me who would rather spend money on plant material than food or clothes...If I ever find out I will post a picture. how would you feel if a stranger came to your house, rang the doorbell and asked "What is that flower in your yard?"
I'm almost tempted but I'm hoping somebody on here can help.

That's happened. Not a big deal for me. The yard is also in the MD Wild Acres Program for urban gardens and National Wildlife Federation Backyard Habitat Program. We get a lot of questions about those.
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Old 08-04-2009, 06:57 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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Brugmansia? Picture.

I have one...being in MI it's outside in summer, potted, and I bring it in before the cold hits. Flowers as you describe.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Brugmansia. Heavenly fragrance. Datura is the upward pointing one.

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Old 08-04-2009, 07:27 PM
 
Location: Albemarle, NC
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Oh, and if that is the right one, in either case, let me know if you do what some, and I'll tell you what we can do about it.

I have a yellow, a cream that turns orange (pictured), and several white (cream) brugs. I have a triple yellow datura and the single white as seen above. The brugs are rooted from cuttings taken before frost. The datura are easily grown from seed.
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Old 08-04-2009, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ
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Brugmansia? Picture.

I have one...being in MI it's outside in summer, potted, and I bring it in before the cold hits. Flowers as you describe.
Brugmansia is a variety of Datura. . .
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