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Cape Gooseberry in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Physalis peruviana

 

Cape Gooseberry

'Cape Gooseberry' is a perennial that is often grown as an annual. This little orange berry with a tangy taste, is sheathed in a beige ''lantern''. Easy to grow it requires a lot of heat, and plenty of water

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plant Features
  • Cape Gooseberry likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Cape Gooseberry likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Cape Gooseberry is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Cape Gooseberry likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Cape Gooseberry

Latin name

Physalis peruviana

type

Herbaceous Perennials

family

Solanaceae

ph

5.6 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cape Gooseberry likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Cape Gooseberry is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Cape Gooseberry likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Cape Gooseberry likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cape Gooseberry is 0.45meters x 0.70meters 0.45 M 0.70 M

Physalis peruviana

'Cape Gooseberry' is a perennial that is often grown as an annual. This little orange berry with a tangy taste, is sheathed in a beige ''lantern''. Easy to grow it requires a lot of heat, and plenty of water


Planting

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Plant container plants in a sunny or partially shaded position in any well drained soil. To prevent them from becoming invasive try cutting a slit trench around the crown of the plant with a spade each autumn.

 

Propagation by division

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

To check the spread of underground stems cut the area round the crown of the plant with a spade each autumn. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring. Using a fork dig up plant, try to keep the root ball as complete as possible. Split the root ball at the centre with a sharp knife or a spade. Replant the plants to the same depth as the original and keep well watered until established.

 

Flowering

From Mid Summer TO Mid Summer

Tiny, creamy-white flowers from mid-summer followed by bright orange-scarlet berries enclosed by papery, red lanterns. Chinese lanterns are perfect for providing autumn interest in well-drained areas of the garden. The papery lanterns make wonderful dried flower arrangements.

 
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