Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2848

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Peru

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in disturbed places, such as cultivated fields and roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
Weakly 5-lobed, broadly campanulate corolla
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Nicandra physalodes   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Nicandra physalodes   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 165-02-001:
Nicandra physalodes   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Physalodes physalodes

 

COMMON NAME:
Apple-of-Peru, Shoo-fly-plant


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image of Nicandra physalodes, Apple-of-Peru, Shoo-fly-plant

Keith Bradley    kab_n_physalodes_6898

February    Miami-Dade County    FL

Leaves to 8" long, coarsely and unevenly toothed, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Nicandra physalodes, Apple-of-Peru, Shoo-fly-plant

Keith Bradley    kab_n_physalodes_6904

February    Miami-Dade County    FL

Similar to Physalis, but flower light blue and much larger (1-1.5" wide), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Nicandra physalodes, Apple-of-Peru, Shoo-fly-plant

Keith Bradley    kab_n_physalodes_6909

February    Miami-Dade County    FL

The specific epithet "physlodes" suggests its similarity to Physalis, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.