LEARN HOW TO GROW THE CHINESE LANTERN FLOWER

The Chinese Lantern Flower (Physalis alkekengi) is a herbaceous perennial with an unusual orange flower shaped like a Chinese lantern from which it gains its name. It has a number of other common names including Bladder and Ground Cherry from the orange fruit which grows inside the lantern flower. I found these details in an article on the Gardening Channel which includes information on how to grow the plant and a video about its cousin the Goji Berry.

how to grow chinese lantern flower
If you haven?t heard of Chinese lantern flower, you?re not alone. Also known as Bladder, Winter, or Ground cherry, this incognito herbaceous plant?s name can be confusing. But it?s as lovely as it is mysterious. Its papery orange blooms look like little lanterns set against vivid green foliage. The contrast is stunning, and the ?lanterns? are fascinating!
Within the pretty lanterns lies a sweet surprise. A small, round fruit similar to a berry is tucked neatly inside. The fruits have been used by the Chinese for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years, and it?s entirely possible that your very own ancestor might have baked the fruit from a Chinese paper lantern into a pie. Aside from being pretty and edible, Chinese lantern plant dries beautifully for a pretty, natural fall arrangement for decoration.
Chinese lantern (Physalis alkekengi) is a perennial plant from Europe and Asia that?s hardy down to U.S. Department of Agriculture Zone 6. However, Chinese lantern plant has occasionally shed its tropical preferences and headed into some of the colder, northern zones, too. Chinese lantern is worth trying to grow in containers throughout the U.S. Just move a container full of Chinese lantern indoors before a freeze.
dried chinese lantern flower and fruit

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