Shoofly Plant, Apple of Peru
Nicandra physalodes 'Splash of Cream'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nicandra (nee-KAN-druh) (Info)
Species: physalodes (fy-sal-OY-deez) (Info)
Cultivar: Splash of Cream

Category:

Annuals

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Variegated

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Seward, Alaska

Chino, California

Fort Collins, Colorado

Palm Harbor, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Savannah, Georgia

Bellaire, Michigan

Andover, Minnesota

Cookeville, Tennessee

Friday Harbor, Washington

Kalama, Washington

Renton, Washington

Franklin, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 28, 2007, northgrass from West Chazy, NY (Zone 4b) wrote:

Likes and dislikes of any plants is a really personal thing. I really did not like this plant. It grew quickly, the mottled green and white leaves overshadowed the pretty blue flowers. The whole appearance of this plant was not handsome, did not care for the leaves and worst of all, pests just loved it. I did not even wait for the end of the season to pull it out.

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On Jan 14, 2003, Weezingreens from Seward, AK (Zone 3b) wrote:

Nicandra physalodes is a relative of Deadly Night Shade. It grows up to 4 ft tall, looking more like a shrub than a garden plant. When the flowers die back, a round seed pod is formed, encased in a papery, lantern-like covering. Each pod is filled with copious amounts of seed.

Seedlings develop small black spots on their leaves as they mature, often suggesting to the grower that the plant is infested or diseased. This is not the case.

Splash of Cream has the black stems and burnished pods of 'Black Pod', but the leaves are an unusal variegation of light green and cream, making the plant attractive for its foliage, as well as its lovely blue flower.