Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii 'Gigantea'
This lovely 2-foot perennial produces pretty seed pods, which are bright red-orange and look like glowing Chinese lanterns. Great as a fresh cut flower or dried for craft projects. So popular at farmers' markets, as every one just loves these. Chinese lantern are grown not for flowers but for the papery 2" lantern looking calyxes that mature to a vivid orange in late summer. The plants grow to 3 feet tall, hardy zone 4-8. Sow seeds in spring. Perennial. Hardy to zone 2. Blooms summer. Full sun to light shade. Bright orange, lantern-shaped papery seed cases will glow in your garden in late summer. Brilliant color for fresh or dried arrangements. Fun for decorating fall or Halloween wreaths. Can be invasive. Plant in containers or harvest seed cases to prevent reseeding.1-2' Tall Full Sun The Orange lanterns assume a completely different appearance when, after drying, you cut the calyces into four to form star-shaped flowers, mounting each separately on wire. Plants spread to make a fine decorative choice as a filler or for backgrounds.
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