Low lying, perennial herbaceous plant producing tiny, deep orange-red colored fruits enclosed in papery husks.
A low lying plant, often reaching only 1-2ft, but occasionlly 6ft. It is a perennial, but can be grown as an annual. Plant and fruits resemble its relatives the ground cherry and chinese lantern.
Hardy to temperatures in the mid 30's (F), but can be grown pretty much anywhere as an annual.
Does well in warm and/or arid climates, although water should be provided through long dry spells. Can be grown in a container.
A very important medicinal herb. All plant parts contain alkaloids used to treat memory problems, nervous disorders, leprosy, and various infections.
Native to dry regions of India.