Angel's Trumpet

Also known as:
South America

General description

Soft woody perennial shrub < 3 m tall. Leaves are ovate, soft, alternate, dark green and covered in fine hairs. Flowers are large, pendulous, trumpet-like, white/pink/apricot, fragrant at night and borne all year round. Fruit is rare.

What you need to know

Although angel’s trumpet is not a legally declared pest plant, it may still be invasive in some situations. Consider lower risk alternatives for your garden, such as native plants.

Forest and riparian margins, disturbed habitats, wasteland, urban areas.

Seed set is rare. Vegetative spread from cuttings and rhizome fragments. Human-mediated dispersal through dumping of garden waste and deliberate plantings.

Toxic to animals and humans.

Site Management

Follow up treated areas 3 times per year. Encourage natural regeneration of native plants or replant treated areas where possible after 2-3 treatments to establish dense ground cover and minimise reinvasion.

Recommended approaches

Physical control

Method: Dig out

Plant parts requiring disposal: All parts

Disposal options: Remove to greenwaste or landfill


Biocontrol is currently not available for this species.

Community agrichemical control recommendations

No qualifications
Cut stump and paste freshly cut base of stems with metsulfuron gel
Frill stem and paste fresh cuts with metsulfuron gel

CAUTION: When using any herbicide or pesticide please read the label thoroughly to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

Similar species

woolly nightshade
Solanum mauritianum

Woolly nightshade has small violet star shaped flowers and round yellow fruit when ripe.

devil's fig
Solanum torvum

Devil's fig has lobed leaves and star shaped flowers.

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RPMP status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Angel's trumpet - Main species image