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By Tjfool

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This plant appeared after, I am assuming, sowing some seeds that were selected to attract bees! It is around 6' tall, can anyone identify it for me?

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looks like a datura, though its a big one.

26 Sep, 2013


Thank you Seaburn girl - a datura - I'll look that up - yes it's huge - and still growing -

26 Sep, 2013


Look up Shoo-fly plant (Nicandra physaloides).

26 Sep, 2013


That is what I thunked it was too!, Wish certain photos did not appear on their side like that.

26 Sep, 2013


Yes, definitely Shoo-fly

26 Sep, 2013


Dear Gardeners - thanks - definitely a Shoo-fly - how interesting - and I had a feeling that the seed pods would dry for flower arranging, though whether the thing survives my cliff- top winds long enough to stay upright is another matter!

27 Sep, 2013


Nicandra physalodes or Shoo-Fly Plant, is a coarse, erect annual that is native to Peru. The large alternate leaves reach up to 1 foot (30 cm) long and somewhat resemble Datura leaves. Plants will reach 3 to 8 feet (1-2.5 m) in height and are about half as wide. They can become very weedy and have become a noxious weed in the tropics. All parts of the plant are poisonous and care should be taken in using in the landscape.

Blooming Time:In mid-spring, the plants are adorned with 1½ inch (4.5 cm) solitary violet bell-shaped flowers with white centers. After successful pollination, a globose fruit forms inside the persistent calyx, resembling a tomatilla.

Culture: Nicandra physalodes need full sun to partial shade, with a well-drained soil mix. In the greenhouse, we use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts sand to 1 part loam. Plants are watered in the morning and allowed to dry during the day. Plants that stay too wet seem to not do as well as ones grown a little drier. The plants are fertilized monthly in the greenhouse with a balanced fertilizer diluted to ½ the strength recommended on the label. When grown outside in zone 7 you should plant them in partial shade. The plants do not tolerate our hot afternoon heat very well and tend to wilt if grown in full sun. In the greenhouse, we let the plants die off after they flower and set seed.

Propagation: Nicandra physalodes are best propagated from seed. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days at 68-70°F (20-21°C).

27 Sep, 2013

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