The ever-changing face of nicandra

My apologies for posting about Nicandra physaloides again but last night I was doing exciting things with pumpkins, as you will see tomorrow. So this post is a quick one but still relevant because not only do I love nicandra but it has been the most talked-about plant lately. I have been picking the stems of pods and have been spraying some white for Halloween and others silver and gold for Christmas – it really is a plant thats gives a lot! But I was playing with some pods the other day and if you catch them before they are dry and crisp, and handle them very carefully so you do not squash the seed pods you can turn the calyx inside out and they are transformed.

nicandra sept 2

Some of the plants are still blooming and, although a bit windswept they are still paying their way in the garden.

nicandra pods

2 Comments on “The ever-changing face of nicandra”

  1. Meriel
    October 25, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

    I keep meaning to get some seeds. Reminds me of when I was at national school. As far as I remember we used to make Christmas decorations with them. Some of the parents must have grown them, though not mine! Perhaps we had them in the school garden.

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