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Chinese Lantern

Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii

Also known as

Cape Gooseberry, Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (flower and fruits) by Alpsdake (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

6a

USDA zone

-23°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

1m

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Chinese Lantern

A close up of a white flower on a Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii plant
Lantern Plant Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii
A photo of Chinese Lantern
A close up of a Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii
A close up of a Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii plant in a hanging pot

Chinese Lantern Overview

Common names for Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii include Chinese Lantern and Cape Gooseberry, amongst others. It is a herbaceous perennial from the Solanaceae family. This plant typically grows to around 60cm tall. It produces oval, green leaves and insignificant white flowers in the summer. In the autumn, flowers are followed by long-lasting, bright red-orange, lantern-shaped seed pods containing red fruits. Will grow in sun or light shade and prefers well-drained but moist soil. Alkekengi officinarum var. franchetii was previously known as Physalis franchetii and Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii.

How to propagate Chinese Lantern

Division

You can propagate by division in the spring.

Seed

Seeds in the spring or autumn.

Special features of Chinese Lantern

Attractive fruits

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Chinese Lantern

Dried arrangements, cutting