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Physalis pruinosa - L.

Common Name Strawberry Tomato
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous[19, 65].
Habitats Dry open often sandy soils, old fields and wasteland[43].
Range Eastern N. America - Wisconsin, New York and south to Florida.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (0 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Physalis pruinosa Strawberry Tomato


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Physalis pruinosa Strawberry Tomato

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Physalis pruinosa is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from July to September. 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 dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

P. pubescens grisea. Waterfall. = P. pubescens (Cornucopia)

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked in pies, preserves etc[105]. A delicious bitter sweet flavour. 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.

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Occasionally cultivated for its edible fruit, there are some named varieties. Similar to P. peruviana[200].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Daniel Halsey is a Temperate Climate Polyculture Designer for the Permaculture Research Institute,Cold Climate in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Usa   Aug 9 2010 12:00AM

This plant is native to Minnesota and is easily cultivated. It is used as a trap crop for Colorado potato Beetle, but with minor management produced bountiful clusters of fruits and is a perennial spreading by rhizomes. It is easily transplanted and makes a great ground cover in orchards. Its flavor is described as a sweet pineapple tomato mix. Daniel Halsey Southwoodsforestgardens.blogspot.com pricoldclimate.org
Southwoods Forest Gardens

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