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Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.9m
Max height
0.3m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Nicandra physalodes

Other names

Apple of Peru, Shoo-fly

Genus

Nicandra Nicandra

Species

N. physalodes - N. physalodes is an upright, branching annual with green, ovate, toothed leaves and purple with white, trumpet flowers through summer.


Nicandra physalodes is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Upright

Flower

White, Purple, Pale-purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.3m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Garden edging, Hanging baskets

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free draining soil in full sun or partial shade. A liquid feed will prolong flowering in containerised plants, as will regular watering.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Nicandra physalodes

Other names

Apple of Peru, Shoo-fly

Genus

Nicandra Nicandra

Species

N. physalodes - N. physalodes is an upright, branching annual with green, ovate, toothed leaves and purple with white, trumpet flowers through summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Upright


Colour

Flower

White, Purple, Pale-purple in Summer

Foliage

Green in Summer; Green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free

General care

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru) will reach a height of 0.9m and a spread of 0.3m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Edging, Garden edging, Hanging baskets

Cultivation

Plant in moist, free draining soil in full sun or partial shade. A liquid feed will prolong flowering in containerised plants, as will regular watering.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru)

Common pest name

; Black wood of grapevine; Female sterility of tobacco; Fruit woodiness of tomato; Maize Redness; Mal azul of tomato; Metabolbur; Metastolbur; Parastolbur; Purple top of potato; Stolbur of potato; Stolbur of tobacco; Stolbur of tomato

Scientific pest name

Candidatus Phytoplasma solani

Type

Phytoplasma

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Phytoplasma which potentially affects a wide host range; determined by the feeding behaviour of vectors. First UK outbreak in 2014; on strawberry; a host not specifically regulated in EU legislation. This legislation should be reviewed to take account of this and other developments.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru)

Common pest name

Lance nematode; Nematode; Lance

Scientific pest name

Hoplolaimus spp.

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode species potentially affecting a wide variety of crops; prohibition of soil likely to mitigate risk substantially; keep under review in light of interceptions or findings should they occur in the EU.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Nicandra physalodes (Apple of Peru)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Xiphinema bakeri

Type

Nematode

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Nematode pest; could potentially affect trees and other species if introduced but many pathways regulated. No evidence of interceptions or findings to date.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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