CLAMMY GROUNDCHERRY, Physalis
heterophylia Nees. 1, lower portion of plant; 2,
upper portion of plant; 3, flower; 4, inflated calyx surrounding
fruit; 5, seed. Perennial, reproducing by seeds and rootstocks.
Stems hairy, erect at first but later branching to form a dense
bush 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) tall. Leaves alternate, 2 to 3 inches
(5 to 7.5 cm) long, oval with round-toothed edges, hairy. Flowers
bell-shaped, 5-lobed, drooping, greenish-yellow with brown or purplish
center, about 3/4 inch (19 mm) in diameter. Fruit round, berrylike,
yellow, enclosed by inflated papery calyx. Seeds numerous, small,
yellow, flattened, oval, about 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) in diameter. Found
in cultivated fields, gardens, pastures, and meadows. Several similar species
differing chiefly in growth habit, growth period, and degree of hairiness
are found in the region.