Physalis alkekengii (alkengii)--Chinese Lantern Plant

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Physalis alkekengii (alkengii)--Chinese Lantern Plant

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Chinese lantern plant is grown for its inflated orange calyces. Cut the plants for drying when the leaves begin to fade. The best growing area has sun to partial shade and a well-drained soil. This aggressive plant spreads rapidly by underground stems. Flowering is poor in heavy soil or on crowded or shaded plants. Planting is done in fall or spring. Mature plants reach a height of 1 to 2 feet.

Propagation is by division or seed, both done in spring.

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