Unless you are a gardener or botanist, you are unlikely to encounter Physalis frequently. Clammy Ground Cherries are easy to overlook, but native and widespread in Vermont. Additionally, tomatillos and domesticated Ground Cherries are frequently cultivated in 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.