Ground Cherry, Clammy

Physalis heterophylla

Ground Cherry


Cape gooseberry

ID Characteristics

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Erect
Propagation: Seed and rhizomes
Leaf Margin: Toothed to wavy
Leaf Hairs: Upper surface, scattered about under surface
Leaf Structure: Oval, pointed at apex
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Root Type: Tap-rooted with branching rhizomes
Flower Color: Yellow


Similar Species

  • Nightshade, Bitter Solanum ducamara
  • Groundcherry, Smooth Physalis subglagrata
  • Groundcherry, Tomatillo Physalis philadelphica

Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Atrazine, Isoxaben
  • Post Emergence: Atrazine, Metribuzin, Sulfentrazone


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