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)

Category:

Edible Fruits and Nuts

Shrubs

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Blooms all year

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry seeds

Regional

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

Decatur, Alabama

Daytona Beach, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Saluda, North Carolina

De Leon, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Aug 21, 2016, malsprower from Daytona, FL wrote:

I found this growing on the side of the road and the fruits of this bugger have a flavor all on their own, to me they tasted like aged cheese and tomato mix. I collected some fruit and seed of this guy and hope to grow my own for a delicious salsa. I am a ground cherry enthusiast so I was happy to find it close to home, I live near the inter-coastal so I thought the only one I would run into is the walteri. This was found within feet of the salt water. I hope others catch on to this plant and perhaps cultivate it. Awesome flavor!

Neutral

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

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

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