Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible
Fruit - raw or cooked
. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own 'paper bag' (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten.
There are no material uses listed for Physalis macrophysa.
There are no medicinal uses listed for Physalis macrophysa.
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse only just covering the seed. Germination usually takes place quickly and freely. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and plant them out after the last expected frosts. Consider giving them some protection such as a cloche until they are growing away well. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination
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We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though it should be possible to treat it as a tender annual, sowing the seed in early spring in a warm greenhouse and planting out after the last expected frosts[K]. There is some confusion over the name of this species. It might be no more than a synonym for P. subglabrata, which itself might be no more than a sub-species of P virginiana. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade
Problems, pests & diseases
Associations & Interactions
There are no interactions listed for Physalis macrophysa. Do you know of an interaction that should be listed here? edit this page to add it.
Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Physalis macrophysa.
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