Purple Tomatillo

Physalis philadelphica (aka Physalis ixocarpa)

Almanac Planting Co. Purple Tomatillo. A fruit with the husk on it in front of a blue background.

SHIPPING RESTRICTION: In order for us to protect the environment and comply with regulations, we're unable to ship this product to the following state: GA. 


Uses:¬†Tomatillo crop production‚ÄĒvery high yielding¬†(it's suggested to grow two or more tomatillo plants close to each other for pollination purposes).¬†

Benefits:  Produces delicious, plump, and beautiful tomatillos that are perfect for use in a variety of culinary applications, especially salsa verde! Easy to grow. 

Zones: 3 - 12 suggested 

Sun: Full

Growth: Semi-Determinate

Life Cycle: Annual

Mature Height: 48"

Mature Width: 36" 

Bloom Season: Summer to Early Fall


Do you know what people love more than delicious tomatillos? Delicious Purple Tomatillos, of course!  

If you don't know, tomatillo plants are somewhat similar to tomatoes. The main difference is that tomatillos produce a fruit that is covered in a paper like husk, which is often referred to as the "lamp".

Although one tomatillo plant will produce fruit, yields per plant will likely be higher if they're planted a few feet away from other tomatillo plants. As such, we suggest planting at least two tomatillo plants together. 

Fruit is ideal for canning, salsas, stews, and sauces. May be frozen or dried. 

It's semi-determinate, so you can expect some of the self-supporting, bush like growth patterns associated with determinate plants, while also enjoying prolonged crop production that should start around mid-summer and last well into the fall. 


Purple Tomatillo Plant Care

Purple Tomatillo plants should not be exposed to prolonged temperatures below 60¬įF, and do best when grown in temperatures between 65¬įF and 90¬įF.

Suggest planting April¬†through early June¬†depending on temperatures in your area. Keep in temperatures above 60¬įF.¬†

Plant 4' apart.

Does best in temperatures between 65¬įF and 90¬įF.

Keep soil moist, but not wet. We suggest mulching around the base of the plant with straw or leaves once it is established to help the soil hold moisture. 

Likes organic, rich soil with lots of drainage. 

Give early dose of high nitrogen organic fertilizer either when planting or as a part of soil preparation.

Fertilize like a tomato, just a little lighter as it's not quite such a heavy feeder. 

Will benefit from a high phosphorus organic fertilizer once established, just prior to or after it begins to produce fruit. 

Fruit will typically develop hues of brown on its husk and fall from the plant when it is ripe. It's often harvested a little early, as unripe fruit has more of a tart flavor which is often desired in certain culinary applications. 

Although this is a semi-determinate type of grower and producer, we still suggest using a cage when growing this plant. It will help to support the weight of the fruit produced. 


Size of Purple Tomatillo Plants for Sale Online

The live tomatillo plants that we sell online will ship in a greenhouse grade grow pot. Each plant will be appropriately sized for its pot. Please contact us with any specific questions.

Size of Purple Tomatillo Plants When Fully Grown

Purple Tomatillo Plants often spread to a width of around 24"-36". They're semi-determinate type growers, so they usually grow in a shrub-like pattern and don't get much higher than 48". 

Additional Information

Botanical Name of Purple Tomatillo

The botanical names of Purple Tomatillo are Physalis philadelphica and Physalis ixocarpa. These names are often used interchangeably 

Toxicity and Risks of Tomatillo Plants

Tomatillo plants have parts that are considered toxic. They're members of the nightshade family, and produce toxic alkaloids.

These toxic alkaloids are most present in the unripe fruit, the stem, and the leaves of a tomatillo plant.

These parts of the plant may cause injury to a person or pet if consumed in high doses. 

Almanac Planting Co Purple Tomatillo. Three Purple Tomatillos with peeling husks on top of a wooden cutting board.

*This plant is a part of our Archived Plant Collection. Although no longer for sale on our online store, we keep pages like this on our site for the informational benefit of others. Please contact us if you're interested in purchasing large quantities of this plant, as we may be able to specially source and deliver plants for you.