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Physalis Genus

Ground cherry

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained
  • WaterMoist

Description

Physalis genus (Ground cherry). This genus has about 80 species of annuals and perennials, most are clump forming and have upright leafy stems. The leaves are variable in shape there usually lance-shaped, oval or deltoid often with lobes or shallow toothed edges. The flowers are small and usually white or yellow blotched with purple. should be grow in sun or shade in well drained soil.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Shrubs or Herbaceous

Origin

USA

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their decorative, lantern-like calyces and fruits, produced in autumn. Leaves are poisonous if eaten.

Cultivation

They are fully to half hardy and they will prefer moist, well-drained soil with a position in sun or partial-shade.

Propagation

You can propagate by division or softwood cuttings in spring, annuals by seed in spring or autumn.

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