Apple of Peru Nicandra physalodes

apple of Peru


N. physalodes has many, branched, erect, dark coloured stems to 1.2m, with toothed, ovate green leaves to 10cm long, rather thin in texture, and solitary flowers borne on short stalks from the axils of the leaves. The flowers are pale blue-mauve with a white throat, 5-lobed, 2.5-4cm across, opening in the middle of the day. The calyces are tinged and veined with dark purple, expanding after flowering to encase the small brown fruits in ridged, papery globes

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      apple of Peru shoo-fly apple of Sodom Peruvian bluebell see more

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      1-1.5 metres

    • Spread

      0.5-1 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun, Partial Shade

  • scissorsPruning

    No pruning required; ideal for dried flower arranging

  • bambooSoil

    SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Flower borders and beds Coastal Mediterranean Climate Plants Cottage & Informal Garden Wildflower meadow

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by seed at 15°C (59°F) in early spring or in situ in mid-spring; self-seeds freely

  • insectPests

    Generally trouble free

  • microbeDiseases

    Generally trouble free