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Ground Cherry

Physalis longifolia

Description:

The ground cherry is a common low-growing plant (also known as the Physalis longifolia) has a pale yellow colored fruit along with a 5 sided, pointed, and a papery husk. The Physalis longifolia blooms May to September and grows alongside roads, in open fields and other disturbed areas. Ground cherries are native to most of the U.S. and are in the family Solanaceae (the same as the tomatoes, potatoes, and nightshades). Fun Fact: The leaves and the stems of the solanaceae family are poisonous to livestock and people. The stems of the Physalis longifolia can be one meter tall and the cherry from the plant is edible. Credits to missoriplants.com.

Habitat:

Ground cherries are native to most of the U.S. and grow alongside roads, in open fields and other disturbed areas.

Notes:

By Isaac N.

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Whitemarsh Township, Pennsylvania, USA

Spotted on Oct 25, 2016
Submitted on Dec 20, 2016

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