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Physalis peruviana

Cape gooseberry

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Physalis peruviana
  • Common name: Cape gooseberry
  • Family: Solanaceae
  • Plant Type: Fruit
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

A close relative of the familiar garden perennial, Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi), cape gooseberry or Inca berry (Physalis peruviana) is widely cultivated in many warmer parts of the world and will succeed in gardens if grown like outdoor tomatoes. Each cape gooseberry 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.

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Grow Physalis peruviana 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.

How to grow Physalis peruviana

  • Plant size

    90cm height

    60cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do Sow in April

Do Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do not Sow in July

Do not Sow in August

Do not Sow in September

Do not Sow in October

Do not Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do not Plant in March

Do not Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Physalis peruviana and wildlife

Physalis peruviana has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Physalis peruviana poisonous?

Physalis peruviana has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People