Genus: Physalis L. – groundcherry
Species: Physalis acutifolia
The flowers droop down to face the ground and are flat, disk-like, up 1 inch (2.5 cm) wide, and have 5 lobes, 5 stamens, 5 raised, hairy pads, and a central ring of yellow. The flowers are followed by round, green to yellowish berries that are each enclosed in an inflated, ribbed, pendent, paper lantern-like calyx. The leaves are green, alternate, minutely hairy, deeply and irregularly toothed, and lance-shaped to egg-shaped. The stems are branched, hairy, and green in color.Like its close relative Tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica), the fruit is edible either cooked or raw.
Sow Depth: 0.2-0.5cm / Keep soil moist until emergence.
Row Spacing: 10cm
Plant Spacing: 40-60cm
Germination: 10-20 days
Days To Maturity: 75-80
HARVEST: When fruits are golden and tan husks open. Colder tolerant than tomatoes; bears until heavy frost.