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Nicandra physalodes (seeds)

The “apple of Peru” or “shoo-fly plant”

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Nicandra physalodes is an annual plant of the family Solanaceae.

It is commonly named as the “apple of Peru” and “shoo-fly plant”.

It is a fast growing plant that reaches a height of 1.2 m.

N. physalodes’ flowers are bell-shaped and their color is usually pale blue with white core, but it can also be purple or white. They are short-lived and remain opened only for a few hours a day.

They bloom from June to October.

It is insect repellent. It removes/repels the Whitefly.

Nicandra physalodes is also used in folk medicine.

It is grown as an ornamental because of its beautiful flowers and distinctive dried fruits of it.

Species ID

Family:
Solanaceae
Genus:
Nicandra
Species:
Nicandra physalodes
Origin:
Peru

Plant Characteristics

Circle of Life:
Annual
Flowering colour:
Violet with white center
Height:
up to 1m

Requirements

Soil Acidity:
In all types
Light Requirements:
Full Sun- Semi-Shade
Water Requirements:
Moderate to High
Propagation:
Seeds
Usage:
  • Insect repellent
  • Ornamental
  • Therapeutic