Physalis pruinosa
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Physalis pruinosa

ground cherry
dwarf cape gooseberry
strawberry tomato

  family solanaceae 
  genus physalis 

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Genus  Physalis Species  pruinosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  ground cherry   dwarf cape gooseberry   strawberry tomato Family  SOLANACEAE Specimen number  S9223 Data source  GrUnFr p62;UnVeg p195
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  1' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun to partial shade Water    Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 23 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  Full sun to partial shade is ideal for Physalis pruinosa.
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 small, deep-yellow, and round. It is surrounded by a parchment husk. It has a distinctive, sweet-tart and slightly acidic flavor. As a food source, Physalis pruinosa is often used in jam and in sweets. Dwarf cape gooseberry (sometimes called strawberry tomato and ground cherry) is most often used fresh.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Seed Pollination method  Self fertile Planting style  Sprawling Crop spacing  3' Row spacing  3' Cold frame  Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period  Aug 01 - Aug 31 Frost tolerance  Tender Heat requirement  Warm Fertilizer  Potassium Time to harvest  75 to 90 days
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Jam   Sweets   Fresh Nutritional value  Edible parts  Fruit Description of edible parts small, deep-yellow, and round. It is surrounded by a parchment husk Flavor / texture  has a distinctive, sweet-tart and slightly acidic flavor
Horticulture notes  Physalis pruinosa is self fertile. The best month for planting is May. Provide 3' spacing when grown in quantity. Separate each row by approximately 3'. It requires warm days for good production. Potassium is required for optimal growth. Estimated time to harvest is 75 to 90 days. Harvesting usually occurs in August. Propagation of Dwarf cape gooseberry (in some places called strawberry tomato and ground cherry) can be achieved by seed. This plant may have originated from South America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Physalis pruinosa has an annual life cycle.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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