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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii

Chinese Lantern

Hardy Perennial

What is Hardy Perennial?

Also known as Cape Gooseberry

Bright red-orange papery calyces that look like Chinese lanterns

A highly unusual and exotic looking plant

Covered in small creamy-white flowers

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Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii, also known as Cape Gooseberry, is a highly unusual and exotic looking plant that provides garden interest throughout the seasons. In midsummer the plant is covered in small creamy-white flowers that contrast with the oval green foliage. Later in the year they become full of berries that are inside bright red-orange papery calyces that look like Chinese lanterns. If left on the plant over winter the berries, which have been hidden inside, become visible as the calyces slowly skeletonize and end up, on frosty winter days, looking like gilded cages surrounding the berries. Height: 75cm (30"). Spread: 90cm (36").

Height Up to 75cm (30in)
Spread Up to 90cm (35in)

Hardy Perennial

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full sunsun or semi shade

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Flowering Months


2 x 1 litre potted physalis plants (KB5950)
1 x 1 litre potted physalis plant (64550)

Grow Physalis in a sheltered position in full sun on any well-drained soil, or alternatively grow them in a greenhouse.
Water Physalis plants frequently and feed with a high potassium fertiliser once the flowers appear. Staking may be required. Harvest Golden Berries in early autumn when the papery husks become pale brown and the fruits turn from green to yellow-orange. Store Cape gooseberries in their husks at room temperature.

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Van Meuwen strives to ensure that all its plants are delivered to you in the perfect condition for planting. Sadly, the time it takes to deliver to certain locations in the UK means that we can't guarantee this, so regretfully we are unable to ship live plants to the following areas: HS, IV41-IV49, IV51, IV55-56, KW15-KW17, PA34, PA41-48, PA60-PA78, PA80, PH40-PH44, TR21-TR24, ZE1-ZE3

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