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.
Upright growth to 3 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide, with solid deep red flowers.
Grown for textured, multicolored foliage, saucer-size flowers, or lacy clusters of smaller blooms....
These popular vegetables, members of the genus Capsicum, are native to the tropical Americas....