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A small, shrubby perennial to about 50 cm, tall, reminiscent of the popular Inca Berry, Physalis peruviana. It has oval, heart shaped leaves and yellow flowers with black markings, followed by small, orange fruits that are covered by papery husks. The fruits are edible and can be eaten raw. Physalis cinerascens is native to the southern U.S. and eastern Mexico. It adapts well to cultivation and prefers well-drained soils and a sunny spot in the garden.