Jun. 18, 2018

clammy ground-cherry, Physalis heterophylla

Ground-cherries seem kind of shy. Their flowers droop, so you can only see their unusual beauty by disturbing them, or getting down on their ground and craning your neck. The fruit hides in a husk, and is not evident until very late in the season when that dries and starts to fall away. These tomato relatives are edible. One of the joys too often missed by today's urban youth is discovering how yucky they are. Clammy ground-cherry grows in open areas mostly in low nutrient soil in every state except AK, CA, HI, and NV, and in NS, ON, and QC. Lenawee Co MI, 8/30/11.