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PlantFiles: Cutleaf Groundcherry, Wild Tomato, Winter Cherry
Physalis angulata

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physalis (fy-SAL-is) (Info)
Species: angulata (ang-yoo-LAY-tuh) (Info)

2 members have or want this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts
Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
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


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds


No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Turtlegaby On Jul 27, 2008, Turtlegaby from Decatur, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have never planted one, though it grows everywhere in my yard. The bush gets 2-3 feet tall and 3-4 feet wide. It's not really attractive, but the fruits are edible.

Neutral Floridian On Jan 3, 2005, Floridian from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Physalis angulata is a tropical shrub with small edible fruit. It's natural habitat is fields, pastures, roadsides and open woodland throughout Florida to eastern Texas and north to Pennsylvania. It prefers disturbed areas.
Listed on the PIER project


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

Decatur, Alabama
Oldsmar, Florida
Saluda, North Carolina
De Leon, Texas

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