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Botanical name: Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii
Other names: Winter cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern
Species: P. alkekengi var. franchetii - P. alkekengi var. franchetii is a vigorous perennial with mid-green, heart-shaped leaves. In late summer, it produces tiny, creamy-white flowers but its main feature is its autumn fruits. Orange berries are contained within dark-red, papery casings (calyxs) in autumn and, if left, these become skeletonised.
Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii is: Deciduous
Flower: Cream in Summer
Foliage: Green in Summer; Green in Autumn
Toxicity: All parts of the plant except the fruit inside the calyx are poisinous.
Specific pests: Slugs
Propagation methods: Basal cuttings, Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...
Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Winter cherry) will reach a height of 0.7m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.
Suggested uses: Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Ground Cover, Wildlife
Cultivation: Plant in any free-draining soil in a sheltered, sunny or lightly-shaded position. Can be invasive.
Soil type: Sandy, Loamy, Clay, Chalky (will tolerate most soil types)
Soil drainage: Well-drained
Soil pH: Neutral, Alkaline, Acid
Light: Partial Shade, Full Sun
Aspect: South, East, West
Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)
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