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Chinese Lantern

Alkekengi officinarum

Also known as

Alkegengi, Bladder Cherry, Bladder Herb, Chinese Lantern Plant, Devil's Berry, Devil's Bladder, Japanese Lantern, Red Nightshade, Red Winter Cherry, Strawberry Tomato, Strawberry-And-Tomato, Winter Cherry

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Chinese Lantern Overview

Alkekengi officinarum was previously known as Physalis alkekengi and is commonly known by the names Chinese Lantern and Bladder Cherry, amongst others. This species produces insignificant white flowers in the summer they are followed by round, bright red-orange seed pods. They will grow in sun or light shade and prefers well-drained but moist soil.

How to propagate Chinese Lantern

Division

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Seed

Seeds in the spring or autumn.

Other uses of Chinese Lantern

Dried arrangements, cutting