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Nicandra physalodes

 
Nicandra physalodes
shoo-fly plant; apple of Peru
Nicandra physalodes

Common name shoo-fly plant; apple of Peru
Family solanaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers blue (summer)
Size 4-6'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature; self-seeds

Large, leafy annual, covered in powder-blue flowers in mid-late summer. We grew this once on purpose, and have had it in varying amount from reseeding in the following years. One year only a few smaller plants re-appeared - I guess I weeded them out too well. It's not appeared in recent years. If I ever wish to re-establish them in our garden, the key will be to find the right balance between rampant reseeding and wholesale removal...

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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