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Nicandra spp.

Nicandra physalodes blackspots leaf and flower by Boronian (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


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Minimum temperature

Expected size




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Shoofly Overview

A genus containing one or two species of herbaceous perennial flowering plants in the Solanaceae family with a probably geographical origin in Peru but now widely naturalised and cultivated. They are pioneer plants often found colonising recently disturbed ground in tropical, subtropical and some temperate zones worldwide. Commonly known as shoo-fly, they have branched erect stems and toothed leaves and are cultivated for their usually mauve funnel-shaped flowers that open only for a few hours in the day, followed by papery lantern-shaped calyces.

How to propagate Shoofly


Seed sown in spring.

Other uses of Shoofly

Ideal for dried arrangement.