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Physalis hederifolia

Physalis hederifolia A. Gray

Ivyleaf Groundcherry, Ivy-leaf Groundcherry

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

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USDA Symbol: PHHE4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Flattish, rather pentagonal, pale yellow flowers, usually with 5 deeper yellow patches near center, protruding from lightly hairy foliage.

As the fruit matures the calyx enlarges, becoming inflated and papery. This also occurs in Tomatillo (P. philadelphica), a species with a fruit to almost 3 (7.5 cm) wide, popular in Mexican and southwestern cuisine and a tangy addition to salads. Prior to preparation, the husk (calyx) is removed from the green, tomato-like fruit (tomatillo means little tomato). There are more than a dozen species of groundcherry in the West, all recognizable by the inflated calyx. Some have branched hairs on the leaves; others have longer flower stalks than P. hederifolia or flowers that are more bell-shaped.

 

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , LA , MT , NE , NM , NV , NY , OK , RI , SD , TX , UT , VT , WY
Native Distribution: Southeastern California east across southern Nevada, Utah, and Arizona to western Texas, and north through Plains states to eastern Wyoming, western South Dakota, and perhaps southeastern Montana.
Native Habitat: Dry sandy, gravelly, or rocky areas on plains, in brush, and in open woodlands.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Physalis hederifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Physalis hederifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Physalis hederifolia

Metadata

Record Modified: 2013-04-15
Research By: TWC Staff

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