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Physalis angulata - L.

Common Name Cutleaf Ground Cherry
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
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 Borders of woods and thickets, cultivated soil and waste places[43]. Rich soils[235].
Range Southern N. America - Pennsylvania to Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Physalis angulata Cutleaf Ground Cherry


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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Physalis angulata is a ANNUAL growing to 0.8 m (2ft 7in). It is in leaf 10-May It is in flower from Jul to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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 moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit;  Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Edible fruit - raw or cooked[105, 177, 178]. Juicy and sub-acid[183]. The fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[235]. 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. Young leaves - cooked as a potherb[105, 177, 183]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.

Medicinal Uses



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Diuretic;  Expectorant;  Febrifuge.

The plant is diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge[178, 240]. The leaves have been used to treat stomach disorders[240].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. This species is cultivated for its edible fruit in Europe[50].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

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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