Ground cherries (Physalis spp.), often called cape gooseberries, are native in many parts of the United States and often grow in fields and alongside roads. Ground cherries have large, deep green leaves and tons of pale yellow flowers that develop into cherry-sized fruits. Start seeds of this frost-sensitive plant indoors six to eight weeks before your average last-frost date or buy transplants, which are increasingly available at nurseries and by mail order. Be sure to harden off seedlings before transplanting ground cherries outdoors.
Recommended Varieties Of Ground Cherries
Aunt Molly's: 70 days to fruit. A Polish heirloom with a captivating citrus flavor.
Pineapple: 75 days to fruit. Popular variety with a distinct pineapple taste. Stores well in husks.
Goldie: 75 days to fruit. Produces masses of large, golden fruit.