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A rare, herbaceous, perennial shrub to about 1 m tall with simple leaves and whitish, star-shaped flowers with a bulbous purple base. Their nectar is an unusual bright red. The fruits are sweet, edible, orange berries reminiscent of both Physalis and cherry tomatoes. Jaltomata is a fascinating and little known genus closely related to Solanum and shares many of its features. It also has numerous aspects of Physalis. Jaltomata ventricosa is know only from a single region in northwestern Peru, where it grows between 2500 and 3000 m elevation on rocky slopes. In cultivaton it is best adapted to warm temperate climates but can also be grown as an annual for its fruits.