Wildflowers of New York

Clammy Ground Cherry

A photographic collection and brief reference to help identify Wildflowers found in New York

Clammy Ground Cherry
- Physalis heterophylla

Nightshade Family

A very velvety plant, soft to the touch. The flowers are exceptionally pretty but hang down under the leaves making them almost unnoticeable. The fruit matures in a husk, first green then turning yellow with maturity.

Note the plant is in the nightshade family which is known by it's poisonous reputation. Clammy Ground Cherry is poisonous as well as the unripe fruit. The mature yellow husk tomato is reportedly edible but I think I'll skip trying one.

Found: Fields, thickets, open areas in woods, garden weed
Height: 1 - 3 feet
June - Sept bloom time

Clammy Ground Cherry

Clammy Ground Cherry

Clammy Ground Cherry

Clammy Ground Cherry

flat then rounded leaf base

Clammy Ground Cherry

Clammy Ground Cherry