Ground Cherry

Physalis pubescens


Physalis pubescens, also known as ground cherry, is a herbaceous perennial plant native to North and Central America. It is a member of the Solanaceae family, which includes tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplants.

The plant has hairy, heart-shaped leaves and small, yellow flowers. Its fruits are round, orange berries that resemble cherry tomatoes and are encased in a papery husk. The plant can grow up to 2-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide. It has a sprawling habit, with long, thin stems that can root at the nodes.

Physalis pubescens prefers well-drained, moist soil and full sun to partial shade. It is tolerant of a wide range of soil conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. In colder climates, the plant is winter hardy and can be grown as an annual or a perennial. In warmer climates, it can be grown as a perennial.

The berries of Physalis pubescens are edible and can be eaten fresh or cooked. They have a sweet, tangy flavor and can be used in jams, pies, and other desserts. The berries can also be dried and stored for later use.

In addition to its edible fruits, Physalis pubescens has a number of other uses. The plant is valued for its attractive foliage and can be used as a ground cover or in borders and rock gardens. The plant is also a good source of nectar and pollen for bees and other pollinators.