Smooth groundcherry

Physalis longifolia Nutt. var. subglabrata (Mackenzie & Bush) Cronq Solanaceae (Nightshade family)

Life cycle

Erect, branching, rhizomatous perennial.

young smooth groundcherry plant
Young smooth groundcherry plant.


Alternate, egg-, lance- to diamond-shaped with entire to toothed margins and long petioles. Leaves are smooth to slightly hairy.

smooth groundcherry leaf
Smooth groundcherry leaf.


Erect, branching, angled, up to 3-foot-tall herbaceous stems that become smooth and semi-woody 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.

smooth groundcherry flower
Smooth groundcherry flower.


Seeds and rhizomes.

smooth groundcherry plant
Smooth groundcherry plant.

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