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Physalis alkekengi /Chinese Lantern


A section of the plant with many hanging lantern fruit

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Scientific Name: Physalis alkekengi
Common Name: Chinese Lantern
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
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Comments: A small white flower in summer is followed by a green pea-like fruit which is encased with a papery cover which turns orange-red as the fruit inside ripens. Chinese lantern is a fast growing, aggressive plant and should not be used in borders where it can take over an area quickly. It can be grown in a tub or large container where it can not spread. A deer resistant plant.