Low growing perennial with yellow bloom

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

Notes:

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.

COMMENTS

  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
    http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=phwa4

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

    Also for your consideration…
    Physalis mollis
    http://plants.usda.gov/java/largeImage?imageID=phmo9_001_ahp.jpg

    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….
    http://allthingsplants.com/thread/view/16848/Physalis-angulata/

    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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