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Weeds and Plant Identification
Smooth groundcherry - Physalis longifolia

Foliage & flowers

Plant

Seedling
 

 
Smooth groundcherry Physalis longifolia Nutt. var. subglabrata (Mackenzie & Bush) Cronq.
Solanaceae (Nightshade family)
 
Life cycle
Erect, branching, rhizomatous perennial.
 
Leaves
Alternate, egg-, lance- to diamond-shaped with entire to toothed margins and long petioles. Leaves are smooth to slightly hairy.
 
Stems
Erect, branching, angled, up to 3-foot-tall herbaceous stems that become smooth and semiwoody with age.
 
Flowers and fruit
Flowers have five yellow to greenish yellow petals with purple centers, fused into a bell shape and found drooping and solitary in branch and leaf axils. Fruit are orange, red or purple, globe-shaped berries surrounded by a green, lantern shaped, papery bladder. Each fruit contains many flat, circular to kidney-shaped seeds.
 
Reproduction
Seeds and rhizomes.
 
Similar weeds
Apple of Peru
[Nicandra physalodes (L.) Gaertn.]
Differs by having an aggressive, annual habit, being up to 4 feet tall and having blue, upward facing, bell-shaped flowers.

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