Walter’s groundcherry
Physalis walteri
Solanaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Availability:
Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Description:
Small herb with lanceolate leaves and pendent, trumpet-shaped flowers.
Height:
About 6-12 inches or sometimes more. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
Moderate.
Range:
Southeastern United States south to the Monroe County Keys. Very rare in the Monroe County Keys, and perhaps absent from the upper and middle Keys.
Habitats:
Pinelands and open coastal areas.
Soils:
Moist to dry, well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.
Nutritional Requirements:
Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun.
Flower Color:
Dull yellow.
Flower Characteristics:
Semi-showy.
Flowering Season:
All year.
Fruit:
Green to yellow berry surrounded by papery calyx. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
Comments:
Groundcherry is related to the tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa), which is used in Mexican cooking.


George D. Gann
in habitat, South Florida, 2012
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton