Groundcherry

Physalis virginiana

Summary 4

Physalis virginiana, the Virginia groundcherry, is a rhizomatous perennial with a deeply buried stem base. It is found mostly in eastern North America as far west as Wyoming.

Virginia Groundcherry 5

The Virginia Groundcherry’s class is Magnoliopsida. From this, we can determine that it is a flowering plant. Its order is solanales. From this we can determine it’s a seed plant. The Virginia Ground cherry family is solanacea, which means it’s in the potato family. The genus is Physalis and its species is Physalis virginiana.

The Virginia Groundcherry is found across much of the eastern US, including New Mexico. It is green and has big leaves that are yellow with brown in the middle. The type of habitats that the Virginia Groundcherry prefer is partly shady and partly sunny. It likes being in sandy soil, prairies, waste areas, and along the railroads. The Virginia Groundcherry’s leaves and stem are poisonous. The fruit is edible when it is ripe, though. The different kinds of animals that eat the it are insects like fleas, beetles, and bees.

References 5

http://www.newenglandwild.org/
https://www.usda.gov/
https://www.pfaf.org/user/Default.aspx
https://www.minnesotawildflowers.info/flower/virginia-ground-cherry

By Nina, age 13
Arlette, age 14

Sources and Credits

  1. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), http://www.flickr.com/photos/jroldenettel/2901926788/
  2. (c) Dan Mullen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), https://www.flickr.com/photos/8583446@N05/2869735175/
  3. (c) Nikol Lohr, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA), https://www.flickr.com/photos/sugarpants/5958455125/
  4. Adapted by kristen_himm from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis_virginiana
  5. Adapted by albuquerqueherbalism from a work by (c) kristen_himm, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA)

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Fruit Green
Color yellow