'Tis a mystery!

Discussion in 'Plants: Identification' started by Kara, Mar 27, 2010.

  1. Kara

    Kara Active Member

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    Can't quite figure out what this plant is.

    I have been told it is an annual that self seeds nearby. Was given seeds last fall, and I have many seedlings going in a tray.

    It grows anywhere from 3-4 feet tall, with blue "flowering maple" like flowers. It forms seed pods that begin as dark blue spotted on a background of green, then it turns into a brown papery husk, reminiscent of Chinese Lantern or Ground Cherry.

    What is it?
     

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  2. Lila Pereszke

    Lila Pereszke Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Nicandra physaloides
     
  3. Kara

    Kara Active Member

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    Thank you very much!

    How this plant ended up in the Gaspe peninsula, I'll never know. Interesting though!
     
  4. togata57

    togata57 Contributor 10 Years

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    Wow! It's beautiful. 'Apple of Peru', indeed.
    And I am unceasingly amazed at Lila's knowledge. Well done with the ID!
     

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