apple of Peru


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apple of Peru

n.
An annual plant (Nicandra physalodes) native to Peru, grown as an ornamental for its pale violet-blue, bell-shaped flowers. It is also a weed in agricultural fields.
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Noun1.apple of Peru - coarse South American herb grown for its blue-and-white flowers followed by a bladderlike fruit enclosing a dry berry
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
genus Nicandra, Nicandra - sturdy annual of Peru
2.apple of Peru - intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruitsapple of Peru - intensely poisonous tall coarse annual tropical weed having rank-smelling foliage, large white or violet trumpet-shaped flowers and prickly fruits
thorn apple - any of several plants of the genus Datura
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ANO, ANO, It's the shoo-fly plant, Nicandra physalodes or Apple of Peru.
Sometimes called the Apple of Peru, this vigorous annual seems to appear around bird tables and must develop in amongst other seeds being grown for birds.