In the garden, as in life, there are angels and there are devils – such as the angel’s trumpet and the devil’s trumpet plants.
If you look closely at each plant with its beautiful flowers, it’s easy to distinguish between them. The structure of the bush and shape and texture of the leaves make it obvious the flowers are from different plants. But, if you take the flowers away from the plants and compare them, it’s not so simple. That’s a good analogy to what the Bible tells us – when a new and beautiful idea or plan (or person) comes into our life, it’s good to make sure what “bush” they’re coming from. (“And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” 2 Corinthians 11:14.)
I don’t know how each plant got its name but there are two characteristics that possibly led to it. The bell end of the devil’s trumpet comes from the ground and points up – as if from Hell, blasting out at Heaven. The angel’s trumpet is the opposite – as if from Heaven, blasting out at Hell.
The most interesting fact is, while the angel’s trumpet flowers remain for several days, the devil’s trumpet blooms at night and the flower dies the next morning after it sees the light of day.
(“For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:20)