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Denver Perennial Ground Cherry
Denver Perennial Ground Cherry

Denver Perennial Ground Cherry

Regular price $5.00 Sale

Physalis virginiana

Origin: Denver, Colorado

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~40

BOTANICAL SAMPLE - NOT GERMINATION TESTED

Life cycle: Perennial

We're thrilled to be offering these seeds for the first time. Our friend Andy Hahn collected these ground cherries from unirrigated sites in the Denver area, where annual precipitation averages only about 15 inches. The plants form a deep perennial rhizome. Fruits are pea- to marble-sized, and range from green to yellow. Andy describes the taste as "sweet and tasty," similar to the common annual varieties of ground cherry, but these are all from perennial plants. He believes the species is Physalis virginiana, but there may also be some Physalis longifolia and/or hybrids in the mix. Most of the plants were just 6 to 8 inches tall, but loaded with fruit. We only have a limited supply of these seeds, so get some today!

GROWING TIPS: Would likely benefit from cold stratification, and can be slow and erratic to germinate. Give it some time.