South Dakota Native Plant Research
Physalis heterophylla

Scientific Name

Physalis heterophylla


Download Seed: The yellowish seeds of clammy ground cherry are 2-2.5 mm long. (56 KB)

Download Seedling: Two month old seedling of the groundcherry. (71 KB)

Download Vegetative: The leave margins are irregular or wavy. (74 KB)

Download Flowering: The yellow anthers can be found with a blue-violet tinge. (67 KB)

Download fruiting: The enlarged calyx, which looks like a papery husk, encloses the fruit. (64 KB)

Family Name


Common Name

Clammy ground cherry

Native American Name

Lakota: Tamnioxpi hu


Physalis heterophylla is a(n) herbaceous, which grows 1.5 dm to 9 dm in height. This species is commonly found "sandy soil, pastures, roadsides, and disturbed areas -can also be. The leaves are alternate. Physalis heterophylla has yellow pale yellow flowers that bloom from May to October.

Additional Notes

The Lakota name means womb, fruits

Horticulture Notes

Seed Collection: Collect seed in August
Germination: No pretreatment needed
Vegetative Propagation:
Soils: Sandy or rocky
Light: Full sun
Water: Dry to moderate

Physalis heterophylla