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Physalis heterophylla - Nees.
                 
Common Name Clammy Ground Cherry, Rowell's groundcherry
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous[19, 65].
Habitats Dry open woods[43]. Rich soils, especially where the surface has been disturbed[235].
Range N. America - New Brunswick to Saskatchewan, Florida, Colorado and Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Physalis heterophylla Clammy Ground Cherry, Rowell


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Physalis heterophylla Clammy Ground Cherry, Rowell
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Physical Characteristics
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Physalis heterophylla is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.9 m (3ft) by 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms
P. ambigua.

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[46, 105, 161]. Quite nice raw though rather small[K], the fruit can also be made into pies, jams, sauces etc[183]. Pectin or pectin-rich fruit should be added if the fruit is used in jams and preserves[183]. The fruit can also be dried, ground into a meal and added to flour for making bread etc[183]. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own 'paper bag' (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten.
Medicinal Uses


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Antitumor;  Diuretic;  Poultice.

The seed is considered to be beneficial in the treatment of difficult urination, fever, inflammation and various urinary disorders[222]. A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of headaches and as a wash for burns and scalds[222]. A poultice of the leaves and roots is applied to wounds[222]. An infusion of the leaves and roots is used as a wash on scalds, burns and VD sores[257]. Compounds in the plant are being investigated for antitumor activity[222].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. A polymorphic species[43].
Propagation
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination[170]. Division in spring[111]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings in early summer[111]. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Botanical References
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Elizabeth H.
Renate Rosenau Tue Oct 3 2006
Does this physalis have blue flowers? I saw a "bush" about 1 meter high at Rosemoor Gardens, UK, and at Hermannshof, Germany, but in both places without names. I am searching the name of the plant: blue floewers, while at the same time (Sept/Oct) it developped fruit, grren, with brown dots. Can you help me to find out the name of this plant?
Elizabeth H.
Dr. Chiranjit Parmar Sun Nov 23 2008

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