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Physalis pubescens - L.
                 
Common Name Ground Cherry, Husk tomato
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 10-12
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible[19, 65].
Habitats Damp to dry open woods, sand dunes and disturbed soil[43]
Range N. America - Wisconsin, Virginia, Ohio. Indiana and southwards.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

Summary

Physalis pubescens Ground Cherry, Husk tomato


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Physalis pubescens Ground Cherry, Husk tomato
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Physical Characteristics
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Physalis pubescens is a ANNUAL growing to 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. 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. barbardense. P. florida.

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

Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[62, 85, 132, 183]. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. The fruit falls from the plant before it is fully ripe and should be left for a week or two until the husk has dried and the fruit has turned a golden-yellow[207]. Delightful when fully ripe[102]. When dried in sugar, the fruit is excellent in fruit cakes, some cooks preferring them to raisins or figs[183]. Yields up to 0.5 kilo per plant[170]. 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. The fruit will store for several weeks if left in the calyx[207]. The fruit is a berry about 15mm in diameter[200].
Medicinal Uses


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Antipyretic;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Pectoral;  Vermifuge.

The whole plant is antipyretic, depurative, diuretic, pectoral, vermifuge[147]. A decoction is used in the treatment of abscesses, coughs, fevers, sore throat etc[147, 218].
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. Cultivated for its edible fruit in the Ukraine[50]. There are some named varieties[200]. 'Cossack Pineapple' has a small pineapple-flavoured fruit[200]. 'Goldie' has medium-sized fruits that are borne prolifically on a well-branched plant[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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Other Names
Ground Cherry, Capulin, Ground cherry, Husk-tomato, balãozinho, camapú, husk tomato, umuhuhu,
Found In
Africa, Asia, Australia, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Caribbean, Central Africa, Central America, China, Colombia, Congo DR, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Hispaniola, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Nicaragua, North America, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, SE Asia, South Africa, Southern Africa, South America, Suriname, USA, Venezuela, Vietnam,
Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Physalis acutifoliaSharp-Leaf Ground Cherry20
Physalis alkekengiWinter Cherry, Strawberry groundcherry,Ground Cherry, Chinese Lantern22
Physalis alkekengi franchetiiWinter Cherry22
Physalis angulataCutleaf Ground Cherry31
Physalis angustifoliaCoastal groundcherry20
Physalis arenicolaCypresshead groundcherry20
Physalis carpenteriCarpenter's groundcherry20
Physalis caudellaSouthwestern groundcherry20
Physalis crassifoliaYellow nightshade groundcherry20
Physalis foetens 20
Physalis foetens neomexicana 20
Physalis greenei 20
Physalis hederaefolia cordifoliaGround Cherry20
Physalis heterophyllaClammy Ground Cherry, Rowell's groundcherry31
Physalis ixocarpaTomatillo40
Physalis lanceolataGround Cherry, Sword groundcherry21
Physalis latiphysaBroadleaf groundcherry20
Physalis macrophysaBladder Ground Cherry, Longleaf groundcherry20
Physalis minimaSunberry, Pygmy groundcherry31
Physalis missouriensisMissouri groundcherry20
Physalis obscura 20
Physalis peruvianaGoldenberry, Peruvian groundcherry51
Physalis philadelphicaWild Tomatillo, Mexican groundcherry41
Physalis pruinosaStrawberry Tomato30
Physalis pumilaPrairie Ground Cherry, Dwarf groundcherry20
Physalis subglabrataLongleaf groundcherry20
Physalis variovestitaField groundcherry20
Physalis virginianaVirginia Ground Cherry21
Physalis virginiana sonorae 20
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Readers comment
 
Elizabeth H.
Joe Krein Mon Jun 2 2008
Why do all of your descriptions say, "The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils" ? Seems pretty ambiguous. How can a plant that needs well drained soil also prefer heavy clay soils? Also, how can it "prefer" such a wide range of alkalinities?
Elizabeth H.
Eric Cgung Sun Jul 27 2008
I have a plant called physalis pubescens, but the picture are not the same. I have 2 picture at my site. It this plant the same as yours. Thanks for indentification. I am in Malaysia. Thanks.

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Elizabeth H.
Mrs B J Harvey Wed Apr 8 2009
I wish to buy dried Physalis in UK, can you help
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