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Common Name: Cutleaf Ground Cherry
Physalis angulata is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.75 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
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[
Southern N. America - Pennsylvania to Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas.
Borders of woods and thickets, cultivated soil and waste places[
]. Rich soils[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[
This species is cultivated for its edible fruit in Europe[
Edible fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Juicy and sub-acid[
]. The fruit is up to 30mm in diameter[
]. 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.
Young leaves - cooked as a potherb[
]. Some caution is advised, see the notes above on toxicity.
The plant is diuretic, expectorant, febrifuge[
]. The leaves have been used to treat stomach disorders[
Seed - sow early to mid spring 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[