Physalis walteri

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Walter's Groundcherry


Also known as Walter's husk-tomato

Plant Specifics

Size:0.5-1.0 ft tall by 0.5-1.0 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:Yellow,green
Habitats:Open sandy areas. Often coastal.


Recommended Uses:Mostly planted for interest in the husked fruits
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: 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 Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil/Substrate:Lime rock, Sand



Fruit is used by generalists.

Attracts bees.