The shoo-fly plant is an annual that is sometimes grown from seed to add interest to borders.
It originates from Peru. Has a dense crown and a yellow-green foliage.
It has bell-shaped blue-violet flowers. Those are short-lived, opening for only a few hours each day. Flowers appear from July to October.
The yellow lampion shaped fruits develop after flowering.
Branches of the mature Chinese lantern-style fruits can be dried and used for winter decoration.
Grows well in humous, well drained soil and in a sunny location. Fertilize regularly with liquid fertilizer.
Genus - Nicandra
Species - Physalodes
Variety - Splash of Cream
Common name - Apple of Peru
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 10
Height - 0,60 - 1,30 m
Spread - 0,40 m
Plant type - Annual flower
Exposure - Full sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutral (pH 6.6 - 7.5)
Soil type - loamy fertile
Water requirements - Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Landscape uses - Borders and waste areas, Suitable for growing in containers This plant is suitable for growing indoors
Bloom season - July - October
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Blue-Violet
For best results, seeds are sown directly into the ground where required in the spring (from April to May).
Alternatively, sow in late winter/early spring inside at +15-+20C.
Prick out into small 7 cm pots and plant in final position when the plants are established.
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