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Physalis pruinosa - L.                
                 
Common Name Strawberry Tomato
Family Solanaceae
Synonyms P. pubescens grisea. Waterfall. = P. pubescens (Cornucopia)
Known Hazards All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous[19, 65].
Habitats Dry open often sandy soils, old fields and wasteland[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Wisconsin, New York and south to Florida.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Physalis pruinosa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.

USDA hardiness zone : 4-8


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.

Physalis pruinosa Strawberry Tomato


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Physalis pruinosa Strawberry Tomato
   
Habitats       
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[105]. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. 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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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties. Similar to P. peruviana[200].
                                                                                 
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].
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Botanical References                                         
43170200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[43]Fernald. M. L. Gray's Manual of Botany.
A bit dated but good and concise flora of the eastern part of N. America.
[105]Tanaka. T. Tanaka's Cyclopaedia of Edible Plants of the World.
The most comprehensive guide to edible plants I've come across. Only the briefest entry for each species, though, and some of the entries are more than a little dubious. Not for the casual reader.
[170]Dremann. C. G. Ground Cherries, Husk Tomatoes and Tomatilloes.
Only a small booklet but it covers the various species in some depth.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.

Readers comment                                         
 
daniel H.
Daniel Halsey is a Temperate Climate Polyculture Designer for the Permaculture Research Institute,Cold Climate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa Aug 9 2010 12:00AM
This plant is native to Minnesota and is easily cultivated. It is used as a trap crop for Colorado potato Beetle, but with minor management produced bountiful clusters of fruits and is a perennial spreading by rhizomes. It is easily transplanted and makes a great ground cover in orchards. Its flavor is described as a sweet pineapple tomato mix. Daniel Halsey Southwoodsforestgardens.blogspot.com pricoldclimate.org
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