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Out of the Ordinary

CHINESE LANTERN, Physalis Alkekengi

An out of the ordinary plant you'll love! This popular ornamental plant is largely grown for its vivid orange-red lantern shaped fruits which are perfect for fall decorating. Chinese Lantern is an herbaceous perennial that offers white flowers and green leaves. The lantern-shaped pods that encase fruit from the plant emerge from the white flowers that appear in summer. These lanterns can be dried or used fresh in arrangements as they hold their shape and color. Simply snip a few off of the plant and use in Thanksgiving and Halloween décor. We suggest keeping the plant it in a container and then once you have enjoyed indoors for the winter you can plant it outdoors. It can be planted in either full sun or partial shade. It is best to plant them on the sunniest side of your home but in an area that isn’t exposed to full sun for more than 8 hours a day.