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The Chinese Lantern, 'Physalis alkekengi (franchetii)', has bright orange, lantern-shaped, papery seed cases that will glow in your garden in the late summer. The Chinese Lantern is very popular because of its brilliant color, unique shape, and easy to grow capabilities. This plant is also called the Winter Cherry. The flowers are small, white and star shaped, with calyces that enlarge and change from green to red-orange in the fall. The Chinese Lantern grow well in full sun to light shade and in moist, well drained soils. This plant can be invasive, so plant where it can be controlled or in large containers. Plant in the spring, 1 to 2 weeks before the last frost or in the summer up to 2 months before the first fall frost. The Chinese Lantern is a striking addition to fall/winter decorations, as well as late summer color for borders, beds and containers.
Scientific Name : Physalis alkekengi 'franchetii'

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