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The shoo-fly plant (Nicandra physalodes) can be grown from seed as a decorative addition to the garden. However, it can pop unexpectedly, particularly around bird feeders because it can be found in commercial bird-seed mixtures.
Nicandra physalodes (shoo-fly plant). Credit: RHS/Advisory.
The shoo-fly plant is an annual that is sometimes grown from seed to add interest to borders. However, as occassional seedlings may appear in the garden (such as from bird-sown seed or seed fallen from a bird feeder), it is sometimes thought of as a weed.
The shoo-fly plant is fairly distinctive;
It is usually easy to control shoofly plant, where it becomes a weed.
If it becomes invasive prevention of seeding is the best remedy. Young plants are easily controlled by hoeing or hand weeding.
None usually necessary as occurrence is sporadic.
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