This bush was cut to the ground in Mt Pleasant, SC yard when we moved in June of this year. Four months later, it has grown to at least 5 feet with these long yellow tubular flowers. What is this beautiful and fast growing bush ?!
Denise, this is a Brugmansia, or angel’s trumpet. There are several species and hybrids, and the flowers can be pure white, pink, orange and red, I think. It used to be put in the genus Datura, and the flowers and leaves can be poisonous if eaten [they have powerful alkaloids]. Some people have also smoked the leaves as a hallucinogen, but others have died from overdoses doing this. It is a very close relative of Jimsonweed, but is native to tropical cool mountains. It is easily propagated by rooting cuttings.
–Steve Hill, Ph.D. SCNPS