Hi all! I've been looking for perennial ground cherry seeds for quite some time. Either Physalis heterophylla or P. Virginiana. Although they are native in my area, I haven't been able to locate wild specimens yet to save the seeds. Would anyone know where to get some of these seeds? Thanks!
Veronica I know what you are talking about. I will post something on the forum this summer if i find them again. They are easily zone 3 hardy, but in a garden they are like quack grass. If you helped them start in a dry thin grassy area like a road side bank, so they get sun and not smothered out, one could like their perennial habit. Maybe a orchard ,if sunny enough. Like many hard to control plants they can be hard to establish were they need to be. In their natural habitat they seem to behave nicely.
Physalis longifolia, another perennial groundcherry species, often grows wild near my house in abandoned fields. If I'm lucky, I'll see if I can find some seeds from this plant.
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of the devil more than other herbs because of its similarity
to a human. Whence, also, a person’s desires, whether good
or evil, are stirred up through it...
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