Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Plant Height: 1 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 1 to 2 feet
Fruit: Showy
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Fruit
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Bees

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Location: z5 MADate: 2011-09-13
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Location: My gardenJapanese lanterns
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Date: 2015-11-20
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Location: Washington 8bDate: 2017-11-16
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Location: z5 MADate: 2011-09-13
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Date: 2011-10-28
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-21
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Location: Lincolnshire, England, UKDate: 22 September 2011Chinese Lantern
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-09-04
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-09-28
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2005-09-02
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Comments:
Posted by BookerC1 (Mackinaw, IL - Zone 5a) on Aug 25, 2014 3:36 PM

These are such fascinating plants, at several different stages of maturity! Though this small shrubby perennial does produce white blooms, it is the seed pods that are so fascinating. They form a bubble-like pod in the fall, which turns a brilliant orange color before fading to brown. The mature seeds can be heard rattling inside the pod when ripe.

Be careful where you plant this, as they spread by underground rhizomatous runners and can become invasive. Cut the plant back just above ground level in the fall to prevent self-seeding.

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Posted by sandnsea2 (Cape Cod, MA, USA - Zone 7a) on Jul 1, 2017 1:17 PM

Planted Chinese Lanterns last Fall, and find it totally fascinating to watch grow.
Think it would be a great educational plant for children, as the stages of growth are so explosive and clearly visible.
Watching it grow could go a long way to fostering a love of plants and growing things.
Just a fun and profound plant to grow!

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