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apple of peru

On a workparty recently we spotted this unusual plant growing by the roadside. After scratching our heads for a couple of days, a moment of inspiration pinned it down as apple of Peru, a member of the potato/tomato family from South America. Most records here are from the Wood, though it apparently spreads easily by seed and could potentially turn up anywhere. It seems to be a bit of a weed in gardeners eyes, but I think its a rather striking plant. Apparently the juice is poisonous to insects, giving it one of its alternative names 'shoo-fly plant'. In some places it was apparently added to milk to attract flies which then drank the concoction and died!

Image: Jim Barrett



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This rather attactive plant used to pop up in our Rye garden for several years, then disappeared for good.

October 26, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Prince

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