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Physalis alkekengi
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Physalis alkekengi


Chinese Lantern Plant

USDA Zone: 2-9

Plant number: 1.420.050


Popular for the papery bright-orange lantern pods that develop around the ripening fruit, these are often cut and used for Thanksgiving and Halloween arrangements. Plants are aggressive spreaders, and best kept out of the perennial border so they don't take over. Also can be grown in tubs. Small white flowers appear in midsummer, over a bushy mound of coarse green leaves. Pods are green at first, but should be harvested as soon as the orange colour develops, the leaves stripped then stems hung upside down to dry in a warm dark room.

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Physalis alkekengi


Optimal Growing
Conditions
Appearance and
Characteristics
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun or
  Partial Shade
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
  Clay
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
  Acid
Soil Moisture
  Average or
  Moist
Care Level
  Easy
Flower Colour
  White
Blooming Time
  Mid Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Border
  Containers
  Cut Flower
  Deer Resistant
  Dried Flower
  Massed
  Poisonous/Toxic
  Specimen
Flower Head Size
  Small
Height
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Spread
   60-90 cm
   23-35 inches
Foot Traffic
   None

Growth Rate
   Fast


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