Virginia groundcherry

Physalis virginiana

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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.

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The virginia ground cherry’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 Vivirgina mill.

The virginia ground cherry is found in Minnesota, New Mexico, Kansas, and Illinois. The Virginia Ground cherry is green and has big leaves that are yellow with brown in the middle. The virginia ground cherry is an invasive plant to New Mexico, meaning that it is not native to New Mexico or the Bosque, and is taking up space that the native plants need.

The type of habitats that the virginia ground cherry prefer is partly shady and partly sunny. It likes being in sandy soil, prairies, waste areas, and along the railroads.

The virginia ground cherry’s leaves and stem are poisonous. The fruit is edible when it is ripe, though. The different kinds of animals that eat the virginia ground cherry are insects like fleas, beetles, and bees.

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  1. (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA),
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