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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Oldsmar, Florida

Saluda, North Carolina

De Leon, Texas

Gardeners' Notes:

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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.

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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.
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