Low growing perennial with yellow bloom

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Date Photo Taken: 05/26/2014
Location: Swansea, SC
Posted By: kk4wildflws


Growing on a sandy, slightly moist bank on the edge of a trail. Soft green leaves and stems. Leaves have hairs/spikes (soft) underneath. The flowers bloom in May and are 1/2 wide and far downward. The seed pod looks like a okra. The plant dies back in winter.


  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    ground cherry (physalis sp.)

    Not all Physalis species bear edible fruit….

    June 2nd, 2014 at 7:14 am
  2. Jim Unregistered says:

    Stone – are you sure? I’m not an expert, by any means, but the leaf seems a little different from the ground cherries I’ve seen, and (although very young) the fruit doesn’t seem to have the lantern-like husk. If you are, do you know the species?

    June 2nd, 2014 at 11:16 am
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Naming it physalis… Is the easy part.
    Finding the second name is more difficult.
    Possible match for physalis walteri

    June 2nd, 2014 at 1:20 pm
  4. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Also for your consideration…
    Physalis mollis

    June 2nd, 2014 at 1:33 pm
  5. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    I’ve run into blank walls trying to identify my native physalis… As can be seen on this thread….

    Neither of us were able to pin down exactly which plants we had…

    June 2nd, 2014 at 1:41 pm
  6. kk4wildflws Apprentice says:

    Thanks so much for trying to pin this down! I really appreciate it. It wasn’t in any of my books and is a new plant for me. I love the cool seed/fruit pods that it is now producing. It is a unique plant.

    June 2nd, 2014 at 7:02 pm
  7. Jim Unregistered says:

    Stone –

    Thanks for the extra effort. I’ll study all your references and learn something.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 12:03 pm
  8. Jim Unregistered says:

    Stone –

    I’m pretty sure you hit it with the first one – the walteri.

    June 3rd, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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