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Physalis virginiana - Mill.

Common Name Virginia Ground Cherry
Family Solanaceae
USDA hardiness 6-9
Known Hazards Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible[19, 65].
Habitats Dry sandy or rocky woods, openings and clearings[43]. Rich soils in open woods and prairies[170].
Range Eastern N. America - Ontario to Manitoba, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Physalis virginiana Virginia Ground Cherry


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Physalis virginiana Virginia Ground Cherry

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Physalis virginiana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 7. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are 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.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[46, 105, 170]. The fruit is best after it has been touched by a frost[257]. 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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Cancer;  Miscellany.

Extracts from the plant have shown anticancer activity[218]. An infusion of the whole plant has been used in the treatment of dizziness[257].

Other Uses

Miscellany.

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[200]. This plant has been growing successfully with us in Cornwall since 1990, though it is not setting fruit[K].

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]. Division in spring[111]. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Basal cuttings in early summer[111]. Harvest the shoots with plenty of underground stem when they are about 8 - 10cm above the ground. Pot them up into individual pots and keep them in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the summer.

Other Names

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Found In

Countries where the plant has been found are listed here if the information is available

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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