The Q&A Archives: Chinese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi)

Question: I recently placed Chinese lantern seeds in a flowerbed before I knew they were invasive. Are my other plants in danger?

Answer: Chinese lanterns have a reputation for becoming invasive if not controlled, but you can keep them under control by cutting them back at the end of the season, removing the seeds that are within the berry hiding under the attractive papery covering. The plants are attractive enough to keep in the garden, regardless of their wandering habits. Just keep them snipped back and enjoy their autumn show!

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