Shoo Fly / Apple of Peru - Nicandra Physalodes - Insect Repelling & Ornamental

Shoo Fly / Apple of Peru - Nicandra Physalodes - Insect Repelling & Ornamental

Quantity: 15+ Seeds

 

Shoo Fly aka The Apple of Peru, or Nicandra Physalodes, is an annual plant in the solanaceae (nightshade) family. As well as being highly ornamental, its main use is to repel flies, and it does a really good job of it too. The plant produces a compound called "Nicandrenone", and although it's usually synthesized for commercial use, this chemical is often the base to many insecticidal and repellent products. This plant works to repel most kinds of flies, but it also attracts and kills white flies. This is a great plant to grow around a backyard living space, by the compost heap, or wherever flies like to frequent. As a bonus, the beautiful blue flowers attract (but don't kill) beneficial pollinators. The plant grows very quickly to a height of 3 feet, but can take a good pruning, so it can live at any desired size.

 

All seeds are organic and open pollinated.