Etymology: Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
Plants: mostly erect perennial, 16"-32" tall forb, widely branched; upper part of the stems with stiff hairs; colony-forming rhizomes
Leaves: 1 1/2"-4" long, mostly ovate and hairless or with a few hairs on the lower veins, long-stalked, often with wavy teeth
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1/2" long, shallow funnel shape; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: covered berry
Habitat: moist to dry; fields, open woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Native
Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions