Shoo-fly plant

Nicandra physalodes

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Shoo-fly Plant - You can consult others. The answer you planted into the second of thirty plant beds in the Dijksgracht park, part of the Twijfel Zaaien/Raising Doubts project. Latin name: Nicandra Physalodes Artist family: Romantic Colour: Blue

The plant is diuretic. There is no evidence to suggest that the plant is purgative, though an alkaloid with mydriatic action is present. The seeds are used in Tibetan medicine, they are said to have an acrid taste and a cooling, very poisonous potency. Analgesic, anthelmintic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and febrifuge, regular use increases bodily vigour. They are used in the treatment of contagious disorders, toothache, intestinal pain from worms and impotence. A decoction of the seeds is used in the treatment of fevers. Source: