Jan. 28, 2020

Virginia ground-cherry, Physalis virginiana

Virginia and other ground-cherries mostly have drooping, funnel-shaped flowers. This view looking up is the reward you get for getting down there and looking up. Or, OK, I'll admit it. I was pushing the stem back to get a somewhat sideways shot. The mostly yellow berries develop one each, inside a husk created by the inflating calyx. They're edible, but the taste probably will make you appreciate other berries from the grocery store. Virginia grows mostly in fields in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY(E), OH(E), OK, PA(E), SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV, WY, MB, ON, and QC. Maumee Co OH, 7/29/11. Nightshade family, Solanaceae.