Tomatillo, Husk Tomato, Miltomate, Tomate de Fresadilla 'De Milpa'

Physalis ixocarpa

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physalis (fy-SAL-is) (Info)
Species: ixocarpa (iks-so-KAR-puh) (Info)
Cultivar: De Milpa



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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Brentwood, California

San Diego, California

Williston, Florida

Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey

Fort Worth, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 25, 2010, kacton from Hasbrouck Heights, NJ wrote:

Grew three tomatillo plants from seed (burpee seed). They started out not so impressive but I learned quickly that they outgrow tomato cages and grow taller than 6ft high. The husks form first and the tomatillo grows inside. You know they're ready when the husk turns from green to tan, dries a bit and starts to open revealing the fruit. We've added it to bruschetta and salsa, and even quarted them, covered them in tempura batter and fried them. They taste almost like a granny smith apple and do not taste at all like a tomato. Three plants yielded a bushel basket full. Plant in full sun and give them lots of room. I think we might try the purple variety next year. You definitely need two plants for pollination.


On Oct 6, 2009, tinytwist from Galt, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant grew very easily from seed once the weather was very warm. They needed a bit of staking but were very ornamental. We made several batches of salsa verde and had enough to freeze for winter. Yum!


On Apr 26, 2004, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This a small fruited (0.37 ounce) purple that yielded 13 tons/acre in Indianna trials. Note that tomatillos can be grown as annuals in most of the USA. They are self sterile so have at least two plants.