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Nicandra physalodes | Sarah Raven

Nicandra physalodes

We love the ruffled blue autumn flowers of the shoo-fly plant and of course its Chinese lantern seedpods. It’s a tip-top garden filler and cut flower.
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200 seeds

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Sow Under Cover
Direct Sow/ Plant Out
Flowers/ Harvest

Details:

Type
Hardy Annual
Position
Cutting Garden
Soil
Broad Tolerance
Flowers
July - November
Height
1.2m (4ft)
Group/Species
physalodes
Common name
Shoo-fly Plant
Moisture
Moist but Well-drained
Size
200 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun
Spread
90cm (36in)
Cultivation
Sow undercover in mid-spring. Sow thinly in trays of seed compost, cover seeds lightly. Keep moist and warm. Once seedlings appear and have developed two 'true' leaves, pot up individually. Can also be sown direct April-May.

Description

We love the ruffled blue autumn flowers of the shoo-fly plant and of course its Chinese lantern seedpods. It’s a tip-top garden filler and cut flower.

Care Tips

Requires little aftercare except watering during dry spells. May require support. Will self-seed freely, remove seedheads if you do not want it to spread.