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Wildflowers of Texas, Plant Resources Center, University of Texas at Austin



Purple Ground Cherry   Quincula lobata    
Potato family — Solanaceae

Also known as:
Chinese-lantern-of-the-plains

Slides: (click for larger view)

 

The purple ground cherry is a plant that will tolerate a lot of abuse--growing flat to the ground, it is sometimes the only color in an area of hard compacted soil, little rain, intense heat, and few plants. For that reason alone it merits our thanks and affection. It grows throughout the western two-thirds of the state in sandy or gravelly open habitats and can flower at almost any time of year.

Dried Specimens: (click for larger view)

 
 
 

Flowering Months: February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November

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