Chinese Lantern Plant
From Europe and Asia. Grows to 1 1/2–3 ft. tall. Angular branches are set with long-stalked, light green, oval, 2–3-in.-long leaves. Small, star-shaped white flowers appear in leaf joints during summer; these are followed by inedible berries, each enclosed in a colorful, inflated, papery 2-inch husk—the enlarged calyx of the flower. Dry, leafless stalks hung with these “Chinese lanterns” make choice winter arrangements.
Sow seeds in light soil in spring. Plant is clump forming, spreading widely by long, creeping, whitish underground stems; can become invasive. Increase established plantings by digging and dividing the roots.
Botanically speaking, violas, pansies, and almost all violets are perennials belonging to the genus
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