Mystery Sphaerocarpium Brugmansia about to bloom
Last December I bought a Brugmansia from a great small nursery in San Francisco (Hortica). The plant was labeled Brugmansia sanguinea 'Inca Princess' (an all yellow clone). I had bought a plant with that label from the same wholesaler (Suncrest) a couple years ago. I later heard that that earlier plant bloomed red. So I knew that Suncrest had a problem with mislabeled plants, but I assumed that they fixed the problem by now.
The nursery owner told me when I took the plant up to the counter that it was probably not the plant as labeled. One had bloomed, and it had bloomed an intense pink color. He thought the plant, whatever it was, was superior to 'Inca Princess'. He was also sure that it was not the Strybing Vulsa (the plant sold for years as B. vulcanicola). While the flowers of that plant fade to pink, the nursery owner was familiar with that plant as well, and said the color of the one that bloomed was more intense. I have seen a photo he took of the one that bloomed. As it's his photo I won't post it here, but I thought it would be interesting to watch as mine bloomed. I really don't know for sure what it will look like, so this will be a surprise.
My plant is in the ground and appears happy.
People who have seen the photo of the intensely pink flower, and have seen pictures of my plant's leaves, seem to think it's a vulsa (VULcanicola plus SAnguinea hybrid). So we'll see.
Here's that plant when I bought it. I believe it was $11 for a 1 gallon plant.
And here's what a bud looks like, as of this afternoon:
I should add that although this is a one gallon plant, labeled by Suncrest wholesaler as 'Inca Princess', I also recently saw 5 gallon plants, from Suncrest, labeled 'Inca Princess', in bloom at Berkeley Horticultural Nursery. They looked like "regular" Brugmansia sanguinea:
And just for reference, here's what unopened buds look like of Brugmansia sanguinea 'Pasachoa' (left) and the Strybing Vulsa (right):
So in the next few days it should become apparent what this plant is: Some possibilities are:
1) a new, dark pink Vulsa (?)
2) the Strybing Vulsa
3) B. sanguinea 'Inca Princess' (as the label says).
4) a red B. sanguinea
5) something else..
Any guesses? I'm hoping for 1, but I'll be happy with anything but 4 (which I have).