Have you noticed 1-meter tall shrubs cropping up in your commercial landscaping? Are they covered with violet, white or pale blue flowers and cherry-size green or black, mottled calyces? If so, they could be Apple of Peru. It’s an annual weed that’s actually a member of the potato family. And it’s quite invasive. So you may want to schedule a visit from our commercial landscaping team.
The Apple of Peru, also known as the shoo-fly plant, should be in full bloom now until October. Sometimes you can tell them apart from other flowering shrubs and weeds because their bell-shaped flowers open and close each day. The flowers are rather pretty and frequently resemble night shade. The cherry-size calyces, on the other hand, eventually drop off and lay dormant in or on the ground until the conditions are right for them to grow. Many people like to use them, along with the shrub’s flowers and leaves, in craft projects and as natural fly repellents.
The shoo-fly plant does have its downsides though, which makes it a weed in many North Carolina commercial property owners’ minds. The downside is that it can quickly overtake a garden, lawn or field and kill off other vegetation. So if you are serious about having a well landscaped commercial property, its best to get rid of it right away.
There are essentially two ways North Carolina businesses may get rid of shoo-fly plants. The first, and more labor intensive option, involves hoeing them out by the roots and destroying the seeds. The second option involves spraying select herbicides wherever the plants are found. Herbicides that tend to kill apple of Peru plants are Starane Advanced and Atrazine.
To learn more about the herbicides needed to control invasive weeds like the Apple of Peru, please contact us. Our commercial landscaping team can help get rid of shoo-fly plants and other troublesome vegetation.