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Physalis edulis

Cape gooseberry

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Features

  • BloomsSeptember to October
  • Height0.6m to 1m
  • Growth HabitBroad bushy
  • Flower ColourYellow blotched purple-brown
  • Leaf ColourMid green

Description

Physalis edulis (Cape gooseberry). This species is a perennial herb with stems that grow to 1m. The leaves are ovate to cordate and about 10cm. The flowers are borne in yellow blotched purple-brown corymbs. The fruits are globose and 2cm in diameter and yellow to purple.

Characteristics

Perennial, Herbaceous

Origin

USA

Interest and use

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

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Needs

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

Cultivation

They will prefer moist, well-drained soil with a position in sun or partial-shade. You can propagate from seed or by division.

Propagation

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

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