Physalis peruviana
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Physalis peruviana

Peruvian groundcherry
Cape gooseberry

  family solanaceae 
  genus physalis 

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Genus  Physalis Species  peruviana Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Peruvian groundcherry   Cape gooseberry Family  SOLANACEAE Specimen number  S2434 Data source  GrUnFr p61
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Depends on climate Stature  Shrub Growth form  Various Growth habit  Not applicable Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  The fruit is up to 3/4 inch in diameter, deep gold colored and cherry-sized, and is enclosed inside a parchment husk. It has more acidity than P. pruinosa or P. ixocarpa. Its nutritional value includes vitamins. Physalis peruviana is most often used in sweets. Cape gooseberry (sometimes called Peruvian groundcherry) is most commonly used dried or fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period  Aug 01 - Aug 31 Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Fresh   Dried   Sweets Nutritional value  Vitamins Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts up to 3/4 inch in diameter, deep gold colored and cherry-sized, and is enclosed inside a parchment husk Flavor / texture  has more acidity than P. pruinosa or P. ixocarpa
Horticulture notes  No special fertilization is necessary for Physalis peruviana to produce fruit. Crops can be harvested throughout August. Cape gooseberry (in some places called Peruvian groundcherry) probably originates from South America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Physalis peruviana has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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