Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

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Buy Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii Chinese lantern:

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
  • 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.

  • Humans/Pets: Harmful if eaten, except ripe fruit

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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"

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Hoping for better next year


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




Surprisingly good return from nothing!


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.


North Berwick



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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?


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.


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