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This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
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Other common names
apple of Peru shoo-fly
apple of Sodom Peruvian bluebell
Nicandra is a monotypic genus in the potato family, Solanaceae
N. physalodes has many, branched, erect, dark coloured stems to 1.2m, with toothed, ovate green leaves to 10cm long, rather thin in texture, and solitary flowers borne on short stalks from the axils of the leaves. The flowers are pale blue-mauve with a white throat, 5-lobed, 2.5-4cm across, opening in the middle of the day. The calyces are tinged and veined with dark purple, expanding after flowering to encase the small brown fruits in ridged, papery globes
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained, Well-drained
SoilChalk, Loam, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. Flowers are short-lived but the fruit is encased in ornamental lantern-like calyces
Propagate by seed at 15°C (59°F) in early spring or in situ in mid-spring; self-seeds freely
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds
Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow
Pruning No pruning required; ideal for dried flower arranging
Pests Generally trouble free
Generally trouble free
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