Physalis alkekengiPhysalis alkekengiPhysalis alkekengi

Physalis alkekengi

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Chinese Lantern. Wonderful vigorous perennial with a height of 60cm, with ovate leaves and nodding creamy-yellow bell-shaped flowers 2cm wide, followed by inflated, lantern-like deep orange calyces 5cm long enclosing red berries that are sought after by florists and flower arrangers. Good for bees.
Genus: Physalis
Species: alkekengi
Life cycle: deciduous perennial
Hardiness: Fully hardy: the plant can tolerate temperatures down to about -15C or 5F.
Leaf colour when growing: light green
Leaf shape: triangular ovate
Approx leaf length (cm): 10
Can be grown from: Division, Seeds
Soil conditions: sandy, loamy, well drained soil.
Water needs: Semi-moist conditions
Light requirements: Partial sun
Cultivation methods: They will prefer moist, well-drained soil with a position in sun or partial-shade. You can propagate from seed or by division.
Natural habitat: Cultivated ground and vineyards. Hedgerows and by damp paths, from the plains to the lower slopes of mountains.
Interest and use: Dried arrangements, cutting
Awards: RHS Garden Merit
Min height (m): 0.3
Max height (m): 0.6
Min spread (m): 0.5
Max spread (m): 0.8
Min pH: 7.0 Neutral
Max pH: 7.0 Neutral
Flower shape: Bell-shaped star-shaped
Flower colour: cream
Size of inflorescence: Quite small (1 to 3 cm)
Profusion of flowers: Medium
Spring colour: light green
Summer colour: light green
Autumn colour: light green
Fruit type: pod-like, physalia
Size of fruit: Medium (3 to 10 cm)
Min growing temp (C): 8
Max growing temp (C): 30
Min optimum temp (C): 14
Growth habit: spreading round
Climatic zone: 7
Origin: Europe, Asia
Planting time start: Mid autumn
Blooming time start: Mid summer
Blooming time end: Early autumn