What low plant with yellow flowers, green centres?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I can't make any sense of this plant in the Food Garden, but in an area that has some ornamental plants. I don't even know if this is ornamental or a food plant.

    In habit, it reminds me of Impatiens, so Balsaminaceae, the flimsy-looking opposite simple leaves, small clusters of single flowers, coarsely serrated margins resembling those of Impatiens capensis. But I think there are no spurs on the flowers, which look wrong for that genus anyway.
    The flowers look a bit like Convolvulaceae, completely fused smooth petals.
    The buds look like Malvaceae, sharp edges coming to a point.
    The stems are thick like Curcubitaceae, but this is not a vine and there are no tendrils.

    I'm not finding anything in any of these families that looks like this.
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    Physalis, possibly a tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica)
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    It looks just like that, has the sparse hairs on the stems and blue anthers as described at Tomatillo. Thank you!
    Solanaceae.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Ron B Paragon of Plants 10 Years

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    Staminal beak pointed - so to speak - to Solanaceae.
     
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    I just harvested my tomatillos yesterday...
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Wow. These must have been planted a lot later than yours. Maybe they replaced something already harvested.
     
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    vitog Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Those tomatillos are probably volunteers. They sprout in my garden all summer long.
     

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