Unless you are a gardener or botanist, you are unlikely to encounter Physalis frequently. Clammy Groundcherries are an easy to overlook, but widespread native annual in Vermont and a close relative of Tomatillos, Ground-cherries, and Chinese Lanterns - all of which are frequently cultivated in VT gardens. In addition to the horticultural uses, these plants are host to four specialist bees in Vermont.

While looking for these bees, watch for two other Physalis specialists – a fly and a beetle.

Physalis Distribution: To see the global distribution, check out the iNaturalist account, and toggle the GBIF layer on the map.