Physalis, Hog-Plum, Husk-Tomato, Wild-Pompion, Chinese Lantern, Bladder Cherry, Cape Gooseberry
Smooth groundcherry has a smooth stalk and clammy groundcherry has a densely hairy stalk, both grow one to three feet. Stems are ringed, hollow and have spreading branches. Leaves are unevenly toothed, diamond shaped and alternate. Flowers are bell-shaped, yellow and may have violet spots in the center. Fruit grows in a five-sided pod which hangs from the plant, fruit itself is a green to purple berry.
High due to extreme toxicity.
Stems, leaves and unripe berries
Stomach pain, dumbness, dilation of pupils, lack of appetite, diarrhea, lack of coordination, hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, weakness, difficulty breathing, drooling, unconsciousness, death.
Contains a glycoalkaloid called solanine which irritate the digestive tract and the central nervous system. Can be fatal.
*It should be noted that we are not veterinarians. This information is written specifically for horses and should be used for reference purposes only. If you think your horse has eaten something toxic call your vet right away.