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Unidentified plant in greenhouse

Can anyone tell me what this is that's growing in the greenhouse at my new house? It currently stands about 4ft high.
Many thanks
Nicola 

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  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 3,829
    Shoo fly plant. Nicandra physalodes


  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    I love them, got them self seeded all over the place. Must come from the compost as I only ever grew from seeds once. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Ah OK, thank you for your help. 
  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 27,556
    Love the idea of a plant that shoos flies but does it work?
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    They’re very interesting plants, maybe they do shoo flies away.😀

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    I could save some seeds if anyone wants them.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,861
    Pinched off the net.

    In the southern U.S.A. the juice of the plant has been mixed with milk as a poisoned bait for houseflies and blow flies in the same way in which the crumbled caps of the fungus Amanita muscaria were used in parts of Europe. However, the flies were said to be killed outright, rather than merely stupefied, as in the case of the mushroom/milk infusion.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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