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    05 / 12 / 2014

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This stuff grew up from the composted dirt I put in my garden. Is it a plant or should I pull it up?


  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Ground cherries tend to have fuzzy leaves, while the tomatillos look as pictured above… I often have these come up in my gardens… the ‘mater may not be as large as the cultivated version… but I eat them anyway. There’s also a cultivated version of the ground-cherry… try searching ‘cape gooseberry’.

    May 16th, 2014 at 9:43am

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    I also have seen specimens of black nightshade (which can be poisonous) that have a leaf and growth habit very similar to ground cherry. The berries on nightshade are pea-size and do not have the outer husk of Physalis species.

    May 14th, 2014 at 3:21pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    Ground cherries, so far as I know, just grow wild in the U.S., and are fairly common in Georgia. Tomatilla is a cultivated crop grown extensively in Latin American, and available at most farmers’ markets.

    May 14th, 2014 at 3:20pm

  • Jim Unregistered says:

    One species of Physalis is the tomatillo. A number of the species in this genus are called ‘ground cherry.’ I would have called this a ground cherry, but I’m not expert enough to identify what exact species of Physalis it is.

    May 14th, 2014 at 3:44pm

  • stone Master Identifier says:

    Looks like tomatillo. They tend to weediness, so there’s generally little need to keep more than 1 or 2…. Unless you have a use for a lot of tomatillos…

    May 14th, 2014 at 8:56am

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