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Pest Information

Virginia Groundcherry

Virginia Groundcherry

  • Latin Name: Physalis Virginiana
  • Common Name: Virginia Groundcherry
  • Other Names: N/A

Pest Details

Virginia Groundcherry
Virginia Groundcherry
Virginia Groundcherry
Virginia Groundcherry

Origin:

Native to the western United States.

Biology:

A perennial plant that stands erect. Reproduction is from seeds and the regrowth from roots in the spring.

Identification:

Mature plants are more erect than spreading, and may grow to 30 inches tall. Stems are hairy and with many branches. Leaves are alternate on the stems, oval with pointed tips and wavy to toothed margins, and up to 3 inches long. They are on short stalks. Flowers are bell-shaped rather than open, and have 5 tightly joined yellow petals with purple centers on their inside surface. Fruits are swollen seed pods that are about ½ inch across, and that hang like bells from the stems.

Characteristicts Important to Control:

A perennial plant that thrives in moist soils. Reproduction from seeds or roots.

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