*Alkekengi officinarum Moench. Phen: Jun-Jul. Hab: Disturbed suburban areas, persistent or very slightly naturalizing from horticultural use. Dist: Native of Japan, Korea, and n. China. Commonly cultivated as an ornamental and occasionally naturalized in e. North America, as at scattered locations in TN (Chester, Wofford, & Kral 1997).
Origin/Endemic status: E. and se. Asia
Other Comments: It is perennial, readily recognized by its mature calyces red-orange and up to 5 cm long.
Synonymy: = K3, K4, Mi, NY, Zhang, Zhang, & Endress (2003); = Physalis alkekengi L. – C, F, G, Il, K1, NE, Pa, WV, Z