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.

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