Physalis edulis

Cape gooseberry

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Plant type


Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit



Skill level


Physalis edulis

Plant details

A close relative of the familiar garden perennial, Chinese lantern, Physalis alkekengi, Physalis edulis is widely cultivated in many warmer parts of the world and will succeed in gardens if grown like outdoor tomatoes. Each plant can produce up to a kilo of fruit, which is sweet and refreshing with a high vitamin C content, and will store in a warm dry place for several weeks.

Grow Physalis edulis in pots in the conservatory or greenhouse, or outside in a sheltered sunny spot. Plants may be kept as perennials, but seedlings are often more productive.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Physalis

Species: edulis

Plant type: Fruit

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 90cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: April to May

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