Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Cape gooseberry, Gooseberry, Gooseberry cultivation, Red spider, Potato moth, Berry cultivation

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The Cape Gooseberry (Physalis peruviana) is a member of the large family Solanaceae, which includes the potato, the tomato and the capsicum. The plant is a native of Peru and Chile, where the species is known to have been cultivated for over two centuries. Records show that by 1807 it had been introduced into the settlement at the Cape of Good Hope, and shortly afterwards found its way to New South Wales, where it became known as the "Cape Gooseberry," and was the chief fruit that the colonists cultivated at that time. Cape Gooseberries have been grown for many years in Western Australia where the long summer is conducive to the growth and fruitfulness of these plants provided that summer moisture is available.

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