Herb latin name: Physalis missouriensis


Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)



Edible parts of Physalis missouriensis:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit is up to 20mm in diameter. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own "paper bag" (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Habitat of the herb:

Rocky woods, limestone barrens and cultivated ground.

Propagation of Physalis missouriensis:

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination.

Cultivation of the herb:

Rocky woods, limestone barrens and cultivated ground.

Medicinal use of Physalis missouriensis:

None known

Known hazards of Physalis missouriensis:

Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.