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Nicandra physalodes - Shoofly Plant

3.5” Nursery Pot

Enhance your garden with the unique and striking Shoofly plant, an annual known for its beautiful, bell-shaped blue flowers and lush, green foliage. Also called the Apple of Peru, this plant features delicate blooms that attract beneficial pollinators while adding a touch of elegance to any garden space. Growing up to five feet tall, the Shoofly plant is perfect for creating a dramatic backdrop in flower beds or as a standout specimen in containers. Its intriguing name comes from its traditional use as a natural fly repellent, adding both beauty and functionality to your garden.

Ed's Plant Profile

  • Botanical Name: Nicandra physalodes
  • Common Name: Shoofly Plant, Apple Of Peru
  • Family: Solanoideae
  • Native Range: Central America

Ed's Care Guide

  • Care Level: Easy
  • Light: Prefers medium to bright light, direct sunlight is best
  • WaterAllow first inch of soil to dry out before watering. Tolerates being dry better than being soaked. This plant is drought tolerant. 
  • Humidity: Can tolerate any humidity 
  • Temperature: 55-75F
  • Pruning: Prune as needed to harvest for seasoning
  • FeedingApply a diluted liquid fertilizer about once a month during spring and summer
  • Growth: Very tall and bushy, can overtake an area
  • Propagation:  Seeds
  • Pests: Very few if any
  • Toxicity: Safe for humans and pets in small amounts, may lead to liver damage if too much has been ingested

Caring for the Shoofly plant is straightforward, making it a great choice for gardeners of all levels. This resilient plant thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil, requiring regular watering to maintain its robust growth. It is relatively pest-resistant and easy to cultivate, ensuring a low-maintenance gardening experience. With the Shoofly plant for sale, you can effortlessly introduce a blend of ornamental beauty and practical benefits to your garden, enjoying its lovely blooms and lush foliage throughout the growing season.