Shoo Fly Plant



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Nicandra physalodes

Excellent companion plant, believed to be a natural deterrent to white fly. Attractive, fast growing annual shrub with dainty blue bell-shaped flowers followed by seeds in ‘chinese lanterns’. A member of the Solanaceae family hailing from South America, claims are laid for both medicinal and edible uses both there and in Asia, however other sources state toxicity and we would certainly not recommend using this plant for edibles or medicinal purposes. A decoction of the leaves can be used to treat headlice however, and the juice mixed with milk can be used as a deadly fly bait. Height  to 70cm. Easy to grow in a sunny spot. Self seeds and may be weedy in northern areas, however we do not find it to be weedy here in Hawke’s Bay.

9cm pot. Certified organic plant.

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