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Dear Diarmuid

This plant has ap­peared from nowhere, could you iden­tify it please? Joan, Hemel Hemp­stead, Herts

Hi Joan

This looks like Ni­can­dra physa­lodes. It’s also known as the shoo fly plant as it’s be­lieved to re­pel white­fly.

Its seed is some­times used in bird feed so it can pop up as a weed in gar­dens, es­pe­cially near bird feed­ing tables. Its flow­ers are vi­o­let and the lantern seed pods are also at­trac­tive – lovely for cut­ting and dry­ing for win­ter flo­ral ar­range­ments.

Diarmuid

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