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Mexican Groundcherry (Physalis philadelphica Lam.)

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Range - Expand

Native or Expanded
Expanded or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is native to Mexico south through Costa Rica, but is widely cultivated and has escaped and established in the wild far north of its native range, into the US and Canada. It becomes progressively rarer in the wild moving northeast. We mark the entire new range Expanded even though it mostly established through escapes from cultivation, because the bulk of the new populations are adjacent to its native range and there is a pretty regularly pattern of populations that become less common more northward, although some of the more isolated populations could perhaps be marked introduced. We have yet to build the portion of the range map in Mexico.