Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

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Buy Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii chinese lantern: Gorgeous bright orange lanterns

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.


  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Flowering period: July to August
  • Flower colour: creamy-white
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Tiny, creamy-white flowers from July to August followed by bright orange-scarlet berries enclosed by papery, red lanterns. Chinese lanterns are perfect for providing autumn interest in well-drained areas of the garden. The papery lanterns make wonderful dried flower arrangements. To prevent them from becoming invasive try cutting a slit trench around the crown of the plant with a spade each autumn.

  • Garden care: To check the spread of underground stems cut the area round the crown of the plant with a spade each autumn. Lift and divide congested colonies in spring.

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Notes on Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

"For autumn and winter when the orange lanterns and leaves begin to fade - leaving dainty skeletons behind to catch the winter frost"

Hoping for better next year

4

As I was worried about how invasive these are supposed to be I planted in reasonable size pots; they made a few lanterns but were short stemmed. Have now cleared some ground for them and hope will be more stately this year

Lilly1314

London

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Surprisingly good return from nothing!

5

Enjoying this plant now as growing well. When it arrived and I planted it towards the end of Autumn, it just disappeared so was a little worried about what would happen in the Spring. But it has grown and has withstood a blue beetle invasion fine, a hot summer, shade and full sun. Very much looking forward to the lanterns appearing soon.

Mel

North Berwick

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Physalis alkekengivar.franchetii

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I have read conflicting articles that say the berries on this particular physalis are poisonous. Can you eat the ripe berries?

Monetboy

I'm afraid I am not really an expert in edible plants, however the RHS website states .... May cause digestive upset if ingested: the ripe fruit is edible but the calyx surrounding it, the unripe fruit, and all other parts of the plant are toxic. I'm sorry not to be more help.

Helen

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