Etymology: Physalis: from the Greek physalis, "a bladder," because of the inflated calyx
Plants: erect, perennial, 12"-24" tall forb; stems usually forked, the upper parts with stiff hairs; colony-forming rhizomes
Leaves: long stalked, ovate to narrowly lance-like, tapering to the base, entire or with wavy teeth, usually coarsely hairy on both sides
Flowers: yellow with dark spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2"-3/4" wide, shallow funnel-shaped; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: orange berry, 5-angled covering (calyx) much larger than the berry, the tip mostly closed, finely hairy all over, indented at the stem end
Habitat: dry; prairies, upland woods, fields
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 4 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 Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"