Walter's Ground-cherry

Physalis walteri

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Physalis (fy-SAL-is) (Info)
Species: walteri (WAL-ter-ee) (Info)



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

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

Sun to Partial Shade


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Mid Winter


Unknown - Tell us

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:

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Propagation Methods:

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Daytona Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Indialantic, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Hatteras, North Carolina

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Saw some growing on the beachside in Daytona, they are vigorous plants in this area. I really wanted some but wasn't sure if I should collect them from the dunes, then luckily I came across some at my neighbors house, growing as weeds, so I pulled them all out and brought them to my garden. The plants have serious rhizomes and tolerate abuse. I will report on the fruit when they ripen. They will be added to my physalis collection.


On Oct 6, 2011, wtliftr from Wilson's Mills, NC wrote:

I dug up some of these plants from a vacant lot that was about to be paved in Myrtle Beach, and brought them back home. They have done great in a planter with a sand based soil. They are full of fruits and still blooming the first week of October. The ripe fruits are edible, but the green ones are toxic. Maybe a batch of jelly from the fruits this fall? :)