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Strawberry Tomato Physalis

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This plant has high severity poison characteristics.
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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.

It can be weedy in disturbed areas, but is found in forests and natural areas in thin woodlands and sandy, open sites.  It can be grown in the landscape as a vegetable.

 

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 / Varieties:
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#bees#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cut flowers#dried flowers#specialized bees#vegetable#pollinator plant#edible
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
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#bees#wildlife plant#nectar plant#cut flowers#dried flowers#specialized bees#vegetable#pollinator plant#edible
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Physalis
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    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 fruits.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Poisonous
    Vegetable
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Multi-stemmed
    Spreading
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Gold/Yellow
    Orange
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Berry
    Fruit Description:
    A globose yellow, red, purple, or blue-black berry surrounded by a papery sac.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Funnel
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Axillary, nodding, 5-parted, bell- or funnel-shaped, yellowish flowers that are good cut or dried.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Entire
    Lobed
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, smooth margined or irregularly toothed
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Attracts:
    Pollinators
    Specialized Bees
    Problems:
    Poisonous to Humans
    Weedy
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    High
    Poison Symptoms:
    HIGHLY TOXIC, MAY BE FATAL IF EATEN! 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