Groundcherries (Physalis spp) are herbaceous annual or perennial broadleaf plants which are members of the nightshade family. Flower and fruit color and seed shape vary with species. The characteristic fruit is a distinctive papery husk, often with green or purple veins, surrounds a green, yellowish, or purple fruit, the size of a cherry.
The leaves and unripe fruits of this plant are poisonous, and contain solanine, a type of tropane alkaloid.
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