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

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

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

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla   FAMILY Solanaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 165-03-002:
Physalis heterophylla   FAMILY Solanaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Clammy Ground-cherry


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image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm200602_5568

June    Spartanburg County    SC

Dense hairs, 0.5 to about 3mm, usually glandular, give leaves a sticky feel, per the University of Kentucky's John W. Thieret Herbarium.

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm200602_5570

June    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm200602_5574

June    Spartanburg County    SC

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

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_0072

July    Iredell County    NC

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

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

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, Clammy Ground-cherry

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_heterophylla_1

July    Iredell County    NC

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

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, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4277

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

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, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4280

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

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, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4283

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm180828_4285

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm210914_3676

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm210914_3678b

September    Greenville County    SC

Hairs divergent, simple, and may or may not be glandular (they usually are), per the University of Kentucky's John W. Thieret Herbarium.

image of Physalis heterophylla, Clammy Ground-cherry

JK Marlow    jkm210914_3678c

September    Greenville County    SC

Pretend you don't see the occasional *slightly* branched hairs, per the University of Kentucky's John W. Thieret Herbarium.