Friday, August 1, 2014

Purple Ground-Cherry

On our last day in south Texas last February, Erika and I took a long walk in the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. We did not see many birds or dragonflies. We did happen upon Purple Ground-Cherry, Phyalis lobata. It blooms throughout the summer, but the roots continue to expand during the winter. The fruit is edible, but similar to deadly nightshade, so caution is advised. Both plants are in the potato family, Solanaceae. The species grows in well-drained sandy soils across much of the Southwest.

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