Physalis virginiana P. Mill.

Virginia ground cherry

Names and Myths

Physalis Greek physallis a bladder, an illusion to the inflated calyx

virginiana of Virginia

Natural history / Folklore

Fruit enclosed in a husk, ripe fruit is sweet and can be stored for up to a month. Euel Gibbons provides recipes for Ground Cherry Jams and pies.40


Nodding greenish-yellow flowers with a dark center. The sepals form a papery bag that surrounds the berry.

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