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Apple of Peru AKA Shoo-Fly Plant Seeds (Certified Organic)

Beautiful hardy annual from Peru.

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Commonly referred to as the shoo-fly plant, this beautiful hardy annual from Peru will look very impressive in your garden or even grown as a large potted plant. It has stunning bell-shaped, bluish-purple flowers with a distinct white throat. The flower becomes lantern-like towards the end of its bloom. 

The plant is thought to have insect repellent properties and is reputed to deter whitefly. The genus is named for the Greek poet Nicander. Apple of Peru grows quickly and will begin flowering when it is only 6 inches tall. It will continue to flower as it reaches its full height. 

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Nicandra physalodes
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 15 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 20 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Just Cover; barely cover with soil
When to Sow Indoors 4-6 weeks before last spring frost, Outdoors after all danger of spring frost is past
Growing Height 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Plant Spacing 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Cream/Tan, Light Blue, Purple, Violet/Lavender, White/Near White
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Foliage Herbaceous
Other Details Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Soil pH Requirements 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Propagation Methods From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 50