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Walter’s groundcherry
Physalis walteri

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, South Florida, 2012

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and rock gardens.

Availability: Grown by enthusiasts and occasionally by native plant nurseries.

Description: Small herb with lanceolate leaves and pendent, trumpet-shaped flowers.

Dimensions: 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.

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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.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seed.

References: Hammer 2004

Comments: Groundcherry is related to the tomatillo (Physalis ixocarpa), which is used in Mexican cooking.

Copyright by: George D. Gann
in habitat, South Florida, 2012

Copyright by: George D. Gann

Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: Jay Horn via iNaturalist

Copyright by: Jay Horn via iNaturalist

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