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, ovate to lance-like, mostly hairless or with a few hairs on the lower veins, long-stalked, entire or with wavy teeth
Flowers: yellow with dark spots in the center, 5-parted, 1/2"-2/3" wide, shallow funnel-shaped, stalked; solitary from the leaf axils; blooms July-Aug.
Fruits: covered berry
Habitat: moist to dry; fields, open woods, prairies
Conservation Status: Introduced - adventive
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