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Also known as Walter's husk-tomato
|0.5-1.0 ft tall by 0.5-1.0 ft wide
|Mostly planted for interest in the husked fruits
always floodedextremely dry
|(Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
|Short very dry periods ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
|Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:
|Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
|Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:
|Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
|Soil or other substrate:
|Lime rock, Sand
|Neutral to somewhat calcareous
Fruit is used by generalists.
|Open sandy areas. Often coastal.
Distribution and Planting Zones
Natural Range in Florida
Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B
USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures
|Fully ripe fruit is said to be edible. Related to the tomatillo.
|Based on BONAP maps and the ISB website, the range of Physalis walteri likely includes the entire peninsula of Florida but becomes restricted to areas close to the coast in much of the panhandle and along the east coast north of the peninsula.