Walter’s groundcherry
Physalis walteri

Landscape Uses:

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

Ecological Restoration Notes:

Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.
Small herb with lanceolate leaves and pendent, trumpet-shaped flowers.
About 6-12 inches or sometimes more. Spreading and forming small patches broader than tall.
Growth Rate:
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.
Pinelands and open coastal areas.
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:
Flowering Season:
All year.
Green to yellow berry surrounded by papery calyx. All year.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.
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
Jay Horn via iNaturalist
Jay Horn via iNaturalist