Yellow Nightshade, Ground Cherry

Physalis crassifolia

Physalis crassifolia

Color: Yellow

Common name: Yellow Nightshade, Ground Cherry

Latin name: Physalis crassifolia


Height: < 32 inches

Description: This is a perennial herb or subshrub producing a ridged, angular, branching stem taking a clumped, matted, or erect form. The yellow flowers growing from the leaf axils are widely bell-shaped, vaguely five-lobed, and around 2 centimeters wide. The star-shaped calyx of sepals at the base of the flower enlarges as the fruit develops, becoming an inflated, angled lanternlike structure about 2 centimeters long which contains the berry.

Leaf: The fleshy oval leaves are 1-3 cm long and have smooth, wavy, or bluntly toothed edges. The herbage is glandular and coated in short hairs.

Range: Desert, Peninsular Ranges, s East of Sierra Nevada

Habitat: Gravelly to rocky flats, washes, slopes

Elevation: < 1300 m.

Flowering time: Mar–May

Notes: Physalis crassifolia, a dicot, is an annual or perennial herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America.

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