Name that plant

Back to Name that Plant

  • Date Photo Taken

    10 / 20 / 2016

  • Season Photo Was Taken


  • Region Photo Was Taken


  • City


  • Country


  • Posted by

    jo amos


This plant grew VERY quickly over the summer. It has purple flowers that fell off to these (sort of) papery lantern-type buds and inside each is a pod that looks like a teeny watermelon. Inside the “watermelon” and lots of tiny seeds (see attached pics).


  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    You’re welcome Jim! But really, thanks to your good observance :)!

    November 14th, 2016 at 11:37am

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    Thanks, Laura. I was hoping for validation and help on the ID.

    November 12th, 2016 at 11:59am

  • laura735 Unregistered says:

    Good eyes Jim! Check out apple of Peru aka shoofly plant (Nicandra physalodes). Best wishes!

    November 11th, 2016 at 8:13pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    The outer shell of the fruit shares the lantern-like appearance of a tomatillo or a ground cherry, but the shape isn’t quite right, and when the husk is opened, there should be a tomato-like fruit inside. The middle photo, if I’m interpreting it correctly, does not show this.

    November 11th, 2016 at 11:40am

  • Kim Green Thumb says:

    That could be a tomatillo plant. A few summers ago, someone gave us what they said were tomato plants, but they looked just like your plant. We discovered they were PINEAPPLE TOMATILLOS and insanely delicious. They barely made it from the garden to the kitchen. I am not suggesting you eat these until you have a solid ID on them, but if they are tomatillos, you’ll have fun cooking with them. They are an annual, BTW.

    November 8th, 2016 at 5:42pm

  • Advertisement

Leave A Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *