Shoo-Fly Plant (Nicandra physalodes) packet of 30 seeds, organic
Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)
Hardy to zones 7 to 10, otherwise readily grown as an annual in the summer garden.
(Apple of Peru) Tender perennial native to South America. The plant is fast-growing to a height of 3 to 4 feet, flowers short-lived but occurring daily, in succession, lavender, pretty. They give way to an attractive winged sepal enclosing the marble-sized fruit. Used in dried flower arrangements. The entire plant, as its name suggests, is active against white fly in the greenhouse. We tested this by setting shoo-fly plants among white-fly infested Vitex plants and sure enough, the next day the white fly was gone. So we think its a good companion plant in the greenhouse. Traditional use (TWM): diuretic, cooling, analgesic, anthelmintic, in treatment of contagion, toothache, worms and impotence. Plant prefers a sunny exposure and rich, dryish soils. Our tests showed easy germination of seeds using standard greenhouse technique, although the literature claims that inhibitors may be present, and that long germ times and oscillating temperatures may be required. Sow in spring by barely covering seeds, tamping well and keeping warm and in the light until germination. Once the seedlings produce their second set of true leaves, individuate to pots. Transplant to the garden in early spring. We covered the plants with sheets during a late frost and they came through unharmed. It was not clear whether or not our ministrations were necessary. Space plants 2 feet apart.
30 seeds per packet, certified organically grown.