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Physalis

This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Perennial herbs in the Solanaceae (tomato) family.  Often much branched and spreading at the top; leaves alternate, simple, smooth margined or irregularly toothed; flowers axillary, nodding, 5-parted, bell- or funnel-shaped, yellowish flowers that are good cut or dried.  Fruit a globose yellow, red, purple, or blue-black berry surrounded by a papery sac.

Wildlife Value:  Members of the genus Physalis support the following specialized bees: Colletes latitarsisColletes willistoni, and Lasioglossum (Hemihalictus) pectinatum.

 

Family: Solanaceae

Poison Part: Unripe berries and leaves.

Poison Delivery Mode: Ingestion

Severity: HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN!

Found in: Weedy in disturbed areas, naturalized; forest or natural area, in thin woodlands and sandy, open areas; landscape in vegetable g

 

Cultivars:
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#bees#pollinators#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cut flowers#dried flowers#specialized bees
Cultivars:
Tags:
#bees#pollinators#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cut flowers#dried flowers#specialized bees
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Physalis
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    USA, NC, South America
    Distribution:
    Throughout
    Edibility:
    EDIBLE PARTS: Ripe fruits edible and some used to make jelly, jams, preserves, sauces, or pies. HARVEST TIME: Only collect frui
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Poisonous
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    Headache, stomach pain, lowered temperature, dilated pupils, vomiting, diarrhea, circulatory and respiratory depression, loss of sensation; may be fatal.
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Solanine and other solanidine alkaloids.
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Fruits
    Leaves