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Physalis philadelphica - Lam.

Common Name Wild Tomatillo, Mexican groundcherry
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous[19, 65].
Habitats Not known in a truly wild situation, it is found as a weed of cultivation.
Range N. America and S. America.
Edibility Rating    (4 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Physalis philadelphica Wild Tomatillo, Mexican groundcherry


Physalis philadelphica Wild Tomatillo, Mexican groundcherry

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Physalis philadelphica is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

P. aequanta. Jacq.

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 50, 105]. A delicious flavouring when used like a tomato and added to soups, stews etc[K]. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own 'paper bag' (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten. The fruit can be stored for up to a year if picked before they are fully ripe and left inside their calyx.

Medicinal Uses

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Ophthalmic

The juice from the berries has been used as an eyewash[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. Cultivated for its edible fruit in the Ukraine[50]. There are some named varieties[183, 200]. 'Purple de Milpa' has small purple-tinged fruits with a sharp flavour, they keep well[200]. Closely related to P. ixocarpa, this is probably the wild species that P. ixocarpa was derived from in cultivation[170].

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Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination[170].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Readers comment

   Jul 14 2012 12:00AM

My goal was to try a dozen plants. .... Next year for sure two dozen!!! I'll try from seed and start my own!! Beautiful plant,...just learned that the plant itself is poisonous- good to know. Easy to grow! Beautiful, God Bless the Mexicans for sharing their salsas. Good Luck to all that try! I watered one during the heat, it rusted out around the bottom,... I was looking for a cure here on this site. But I still have 11 very well grown plants...... I'd like a whole field though. Beautiful plant indeed!

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