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Physalis alkekengi
Physalis alkekengi

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Moderate

Physalis alkekengi

Chinese Lantern Plant
Solanaceae
Annuals, Perennials

From Europe, Asia. Grows 1 1/2 to 3 ft. tall. Angular branches are set with long-stalked, light green, oval, 2- to 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.

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