Cape Gooseberry

Also known as:
Ground-Cherry
Family:
Solanaceae
Origin:
Tropical South America

General description

Spreading, evergreen herb <20cm tall. Dark green, hairy, heart-shaped leaves have prominent veins. Small, pale yellow flowers have a purple patch at base, present most of the year. Round fruit inside a papery lantern-like capsule are green when young, orange & sweet when ripe.

Roadsides, open areas, forest margins, beaches, freshwater mudflats, cultivated ground.

Seed dispersed by animals & humans. Garden escape.

Scattered individuals through open and disturbed areas which have no notable impact.

Site management

Recommended approaches

1. Remove by hand.
2. Spray large areas (100ml glyphosate/10L).

Caution: when using any herbicide or pesticide PLEASE READ THE LABEL THOROUGHLY to ensure that all instructions and safety requirements are followed.

RPMS status

Not a legally declared pest plant
Cape gooseberry - Main species image