Common Name: Sticky Ground Cherry
Sticky ground cherry is a perennial plant growing around 60cm tall.
The edible fruit is sometimes gathered from the wild and consumed locally. The plant also has local medicinal applications.
Although no specific mention has been seen for this species, it belongs to a genus where many of the members have poisonous leaves and stems, though the full ripe fruits are usually edible[
South-eastern N. America - Florida to Texas and Virginia.
Coastal sand dunes, sandy woods near the coast, pinelands and prairies[
Succeeds in any well-drained soil in full sun or light shade[
Edible fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Juicy and thin-skinned with a pleasant sub-acid cherry-like flavour[
].Said to be the best N. American species[
]. The plant conveniently wraps up each fruit in its own 'paper bag' (botanically, the calyx) to protect it from pests and the elements. This calyx is toxic and should not be eaten.
The fruit is aperient and diuretic[
]. It is used in the treatment of gravel, suppression of urine etc and is highly recommended in fevers and in gout[
The leaves and stems are febrifuge and slightly tonic[
]. They are used in the treatment of the malaise that follows malaria, and for weak or anaemic people[
The root has been used as a dressing on wounds[
Seed - sow in a seedbed or containers[
]. Diurnal temperature fluctuations assist germination[
]. Plant out into permanent positions when about 8 - 10cm tall[
Division in spring[
]. This is best done without digging up the plant. Remove young shoots that are growing out from the side of the clump, making sure that some of the below ground shoot is also removed. It is best if this has some roots on, but the shoot should form new roots fairly quickly if it is potted up and kept for a few weeks in a shady but humid area[
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