Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2025

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains, rare in Coastal Plain of GA-NC-SC)

Look for it in disturbed areas, dry rocky woodlands, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed campanulate to subrotate corolla
5 stamens
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Berry

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Solanales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Physalis heterophylla   FAMILY Solanaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 165-03-002:
Physalis heterophylla   FAMILY Solanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Clammy Ground-cherry


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image of Physalis heterophylla

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_0072

July    Iredell County    NC

Flowers axillary, solitary, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Physalis heterophylla

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_0074

July    Iredell County    NC

Invested w short hairs. Lvs ovate, rounded at base, w irregular large teeth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Physalis heterophylla

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_1

July    Iredell County    NC

Broadly bell-shaped flowers, usually w brown or purplish blotches in throat, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Physalis heterophylla

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_1b

July    Iredell County    NC

Pubescence viscid, glandular trichomes usually mixed with short and long hairs, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4277

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4279

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

The calyx enlarges to become a parchmentlike husk enclosing the fruit, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4280

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4281

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

The berry is about 10mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4283

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4285

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve