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Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginian groundcherry)
Cressler, Alan

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana

Physalis virginiana Mill. var. virginiana

Virginian Groundcherry, Lanceleaf Groundcherry, Field Groundcherry, Husk-tomato, Hog-plum

Solanaceae (Potato Family)

Synonym(s): Physalis intermedia, Physalis lanceolata, Physalis monticola


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

State-listed Endangered species in NY, OH and PA.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate
Leaf Pubescence: Hirsute
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Fruit Type: Berry
Size Notes: 12(-24) inches in height.
Flower: Flower color is greenish-cream to greenish-yellow with greenish-brown, striated spots at the base of each petal. Flowers more or less pendulous.
Fruit: A globose, orange-red berry about 1/2 inch in diameter and enclosed in a persistent papery calyx shaped like an inverted teardrop. Fruit more or less pendulous.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flowers Jul-Sep.


USA: AL , AR , CO , CT , DE , GA , IA , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NY , OH , OK , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: MB , ON , QC
Native Distribution: Most of the eastern 2/3 of North America excluding FL and the Canadian Maritime Provinces.
Native Habitat: Dry woodlands, prairies, fields and roadsides.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2014-06-26
Research By: JAM

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