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Cape Gooseberry

Physalis peruviana

Also known as

Peruvian Groundberry, Goldenberry, Inca Berries, Husk Cherry, Poha Berry, Appelliefie (Afr), Strawberry tomato, Purple ground berry

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

13b

USDA zone

18°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Fruiting

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Fruits are usually hand-picked every 2-3 weeks during Summer to Autumn. A single plant may yield about 300 fruits!

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Cape Gooseberry Overview

Closely related to the tomato & Chinese lantern, the Cape gooseberry grows beautifully smooth berries, each enclosed by a papery straw-coloured husk. The berries are sweet when ripe & are often enjoyed in salads or made into jams. The Cape gooseberries originate not from Southern Africa's Cape province, but from another Cape in South America!

Common problems with Cape Gooseberry

Pests include Cutworm, red spider & sometimes the potato tuber moth. Most common diseases are Powdery Mildew & Soft Brown Scale.

How to propagate Cape Gooseberry

Seed

Plants are easily grown from seeds and should be sprouted in small containers using a standard potting mix that is well drained. Place the seeds just a few millimeters below the soil surface.

Cuttings

You can propagate by division or softwood cuttings in spring, annuals by seed in spring or autumn.

Division

Special features of Cape Gooseberry

Attractive fruits

Bright orange-yellow fruit in a pretty husk that fades into a pretty pattern as the nerves stay and the rest disintegrate.

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Quick growing lower informal hedge.

Pot plant

Provide a large enough pot to host the cape gooseberry.

Attractive flowers

Flowers are light yellow with dark purple spots.

Other uses of Cape Gooseberry

Grown mainly for their decorative, lantern-like calyces and fruits, produced in autumn. Leaves are poisonous if eaten.

Edible

Delicious berries