Page author: David Giblin
Physalis longifolia
ground-cherry, long-leaved ground-cherry, wild tomatillo

Distribution: Occurring chiefly east of the Cascades in Washington; occurring throughout much of North America.

Habitat: Weed of cultivated fields and waste places.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Introduced

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial herbs from a running rhizome, the stems branched, 2-6 dm. tall, somewhat pubescent.


Leaves petiolate, lanceolate or narrowly rhombic, tapering to the petiole, or broader, ovate, abruptly narrowed to a longer petiole, entire or irregularly blunt-toothed, the blade 4-10 cm. long.


Flowers solitary, appearing axillary or in the forks of branches; calyx small, 5-toothed, 10-veined with hairs along the veins, becoming inflated and papery at maturity, broadly ovoid, 2.5-4 cm. long, loosely enclosing the fruit; corolla 11-17 mm. long and wide, broadly bell-shaped, with 5 short teeth, greenish-yellow with a purplish throat; stamens 5, the filaments flattened, 1 mm. wide; style solitary; ovary superior.


Fruit a berry, 1 cm. thick.

Accepted Name:
Physalis longifolia Nutt.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Physalis longifolia in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Physalis longifolia checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Physalis longifolia atlas page.

CalPhotos: Physalis longifolia photos.

USDA Plants: Physalis longifolia information.

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