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High Risk
Also Known As:
Physalis alkekengi



  • Egg-shaped or heart-shaped leaves alternate on stems. Leaves often have wavy or jagged edges.
  • Small, white 5-petaled flowers mature to papery red pods that resemble Chinese paper lanterns.

Outdoor plant

Toxicity: (3-4) 
Note: Toxicity scale ranges from minor harm to most poisonous (1-4)

  • Ingestion in large amounts can cause serious effects.
  • These plants are known to cause problems in animals.

Toxic Parts:
All parts

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Additional Information


The list of poisonous plants on this Web site does not necessarily include every poisonous plant that is known or that might be found in a home or yard. The University of Kansas Hospital does not advise eating any of the plants on this web site. We discourage the use of any of these plants for self medication. The information on this site is taken from the literature, and the degree of reliability is unknown. In case of accidental exposure or ingestion, contact the Poison Center 1-800-222-1222.