Also known as
Karoo Lantern, Kipkippers
This plant has no fragrance
Chinese Lanterns Overview
Karoo lantern, or known as the Klapperbos, in Afrikaans derives its common names from the shape of its bright, colorful fruit, an indication of the uniqueness of this hardy and drought tolerant tree. Not only an ornamental garden plant, it also has a history of being used in traditional medicine. Despite being known to be hard to propagate, this tree is a very unique specimen that is a great addition to any desert or rocky garden.
Common problems with Chinese Lanterns
Pests include aphids. Diseases include fungi and root rot.
How to harvest Chinese Lanterns
Seeds are contained in inflated, papery capsules. The capsules must be dry when harvesting the seeds. Harvest by hand.
How to propagate Chinese Lanterns
Seed is sown in late autumn or early spring. Seeds contained in inflated, papery capsules ripen in Spring. Harvest seed from dry capsules. Sow 1cm deep. Cover with a layer of coarse sand and wet.
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Chinese Lanterns
Very drought tolerant, suitable for xeriscaping.
Attracts useful insects
Insects such as bees and bumble bees.
Repels harmful insects
Shown to have insecticidal and antifeedant(stop insects eating it)properties.
Other uses of Chinese Lanterns
Grown for its flowers and fruits.
The Nama roasted and powdered the root to make an effective ointment for wound healing. Root tea was used for stomach disorders and crushed leaves inhaled for headaches.