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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Winter cherry)

Skill rating
Skill rating
Beginner
skill rating
Maintenance level
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Ultimate height
0.7m
Max height
Ultimate spread
Ultimate spread
1m
Max spread
Time to maturity
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity
Toxic - All parts of the plant except the fruit inside the calyx are poisinous.
Toxic - All parts of the plant except the fruit inside the calyx are poisinous.
Low
Toxicity

Plant details

Botanical name: Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

Other names: Winter cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern

Genus: Physalis Physalis

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

Habit: Spreading

Toxicity: All parts of the plant except the fruit inside the calyx are poisinous.

How to care

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Specific pests: Slugs Slugs

General care

Propagation methods: Basal cuttings, Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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Where to grow

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

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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Botanical name: Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

Other names: Winter cherry, Chinese lantern, Japanese lantern

Genus: Physalis Physalis

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

Habit: Spreading

Toxicity: All parts of the plant except the fruit inside the calyx are poisinous.

Watch out for

Specific pests: Slugs

General care

Propagation methods: Basal cuttings, Division, Seed. REGISTER to read more...


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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

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Tender in frost (H3)


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