You don’t often see Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) in gardens these days, probably because it can take up a good bit of space if grown in the ground. The stems reach just 1 to 2 feet tall but spread quickly by creeping roots and self-sowing to form broad patches. And to be honest, they don’t add much interest thought most of the growing season, as the small, white flowers are hidden below the deep green leaves. As fall approaches, though, you’ll start to see peeks of color, as the papery husk around the developing, marble-shaped fruit turns from green to bright orange. Once they’re fully orange, you can cut the stems for fresh arrangements or dry them for later use, so they are a great addition to a cutting garden, as long as you keep them in a large container where they can’t take over. Full sun to light shade; average soil. Perennial; Zones 3 to 8.
Collected in mid October 2022. At least 20 seeds.
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