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Shoo fly plant.

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Last year on a visit to Rosemoor garden in Devon, I saw this strange plant I had never seen before, growing in a veggie patch. The gardener was there and told me it was a shoo fly. They pop up everywhere he said, and we leave them alone as they are pretty when in flower. With his permission I took a seed pod, and this year have grown a few. This is a couple of pics for you to see.

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It is a pretty flower. Wonder if it really does deter flies?

11 Jun, 2017

bjs
Bjs
 

Quite pretty,have seen them but did not know what they were

11 Jun, 2017

 

I just read up about this plant and it seems the seed is sometimes found in packs of bird seed! It can pop up in the garden from the feeders ... a very pretty flower.

11 Jun, 2017

 

I have heard of this before,Cinders,but never seen one..I agree,it's a pretty flower...thanks for the info,Shirley :o)

11 Jun, 2017

 

Sandra, I have just thanked you for your info. on another photo! :o)

11 Jun, 2017

 

We grew it last year, and we were told it would overtake the garden, unfortunately it didn't and so we do not have it this year!! I love it, such a pretty flower, O H also lost the seeds he had saved!

11 Jun, 2017

 

That would be interesting Stera, have to watch it closely !
Bjs, Shirley and Sandra, thanks, yes I looked it up too Shirley and apparently it can be in bird seed. It's a nice sturdy plant, and easy to grow, so will save some seed for next year I think.

11 Jun, 2017

 

Did you Dotty, I'm sure there will be plenty of seed, I will send you some.

11 Jun, 2017

 

Or Dotty could sprinkle a bag of bird seed around the borders and see what pops up! :o))

11 Jun, 2017

 

I had heard of shoo fly but thought it was a song!! This is a nice plant Cinders.

11 Jun, 2017

 

It's the first time for me seeing this plant! I'd never even heard of it before! It seems to have a quite nice flower!

11 Jun, 2017

 

many years ago we used to have several id questions pop up on here about this plant.

nice to see it still growing well in gardens. hope you are well cinders.

11 Jun, 2017

 

Its so pretty.

12 Jun, 2017

 

Thanks HB, it seems a large plant for an annual, nice shape too.
Thanks Balcony, it's a pretty flower, doesn't last long, but plenty on there.
Sb. I can't stop thinking about the song, I think Burl Ives used to sing about the shoo fly, that dates me. And shoo fly pie. ! I'm fine again now thank you after an op.
Thanks Thrupenny.

12 Jun, 2017

 

Very pretty flower in a nicely shaped plant. I really like the leaves too.
I will look out for them at Rosemoor as it isn't too far away.

14 Jun, 2017

 

Yes they do make a nice shape Wildrose, and the gardener at Rosemoor told me they just pop everywhere, but they usually leave some as they are so attractive.

15 Jun, 2017

 

Thanks Cinders....... much appreciated..

15 Jun, 2017

 

Your welcome Angela. Just have to pm me your address please.

15 Jun, 2017

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