The cord for my camera/computer connection is broken, so I can't post the picture I took of this plant.
I was at a party the other day and saw a plant is someone's garden that had a lot of pale yellow butterflies around it feeding on the blooms.
Here's what I can tell you about it:
Location: Mission Viejo, in So.Calif. Cultivated garden...not growing wild.
Tallest plant was about 6' tall. (Several smaller ones growing in the vicinity) Open/airy growth pattern.
Square stems, multi-branched plant, alternate foliage, shape similar to a Mulberry Tree leaf, about 2 1/2" wide. Lime green(ish) foliage color.
Flower is bell-shaped, white in the center with a sky blue edging around the top, about the diameter of a nickel or maybe a quarter. It emerges from a three part complex calyx and points UPWARD when blooming. "Length" of the flower is about 1". Flower closes up at night. Spent blooms fall off and the calyx remains, then turns DOWNWARD and has a hard seed in the center about the size of a pea. No discernable fragrance, to me anyway. I snagged a piece of it but it was completely wilted and shriveled up by the time I drove the 27 miles back home and didn't revive when placed in a glass of water :(
Anyone have a clue as to what this might be ?
I've never seen it before and would like to get one.
As luck would have it, someone posted the exact same plant in the Plant ID forum today.
Member 'poisondartfrog' identified it as Nicandra physalodes or Shoodfly Plant / Apple of Peru.
It's in the plant files...I looked it up but none of the info. says anything about it being a butterfly/larvae attractant plant.