Shoo-fly (Nicandra physalodes)

The shoo-fly plant is a pretty addition to any garden with its beautiful bell-shaped purple flowers and Chinese-lantern style fruit, but it is for its purported insect repellent properties that it is sought after in the herb and vegetable garden.

Although some texts mention it as a medicine, it is mostly thought of as inedible and even toxic (belonging to the nightshade family). It also self-seeds readily, and have been mentioned as invasive to crop lands, but has not been classified as a noxious weed.

It is also known as Peruvian Bluebell, Apple of Peru or Apple of Sodom.


 Size: height 1m spread 60-90cm
 Position: full sun

Full sun


Well-drained soil


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