Alphabetical Plant Listing

Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern)

Chinese Lantern, Strawberry Ground Cherry, Cape Gooseberry, Winter Cherry, Physalis franchetii


Mostly grown for its luminous papery lanterns, Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern) is a vigorous, spreading herbaceous perennial with ovate green leaves and small, starry, creamy-white flowers in summer. In the fall, the blossoms give way to edible berries that are enclosed in large, glowing orange, paper-like, Chinese lantern calyces. They persist through winter, extending the season of interest of this intriguing plant. Its bright lanterns and short stature make it a perfect accent or border plant where it adds a splash of color in the late season garden. Can be cut to create terrific decorative flower arrangements.

  • This plant typically grows up to 24-30 in. tall (60-75 cm) and spreads by underground runners to 24-36 in. (60-90 cm). It will happily naturalize to form colonies! May become invasive but can be removed by digging out the roots in fall. Best kept out of the perennial border so it does not take over
  • A full sun or part shade lover, it enjoys moist, well-drained soils.
  • Well suited for beds and borders, cottage gardens or containers. Chinese lanterns spread quickly and make an excellent groundcover.
  • Virtually disease free. Watch for slugs and snails. Deer resistant!
  • Propagate by seed in spring, by division in spring, or by basal cuttings in early summer
  • May cause digestive upset if ingested: the ripe fruit is edible but the calyx surrounding it, the unripe fruit, and all other parts of the plant are toxic.
  • Native to China, Korea.

Buy Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern)

Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

Buy Plants


filllin / 123RF Stock Photo

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 8
Plant Type Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Showy, Fruit & Berries
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Banks and Slopes, Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage

Plant Calculator

How many Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern) do I need for my garden?

%
ft
ft

Your Shopping List

Plant Quantity
Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii (Chinese Lantern)

Find your Hardiness Zone

Find your Climate Zone

Find your Heat Zone

Join Gardenia.net

Create a membership account to save your garden designs and to view them on any device.

Becoming a contributing member of Gardenia is easy and can be done in just a few minutes. If you provide us with your name, email address and the payment of a modest $25 annual membership fee, you will become a full member, enabling you to design and save up to 25 of your garden design ideas.

Join now and start creating your dream garden!

Create a New Collection

Optional. For your reference.


Move Selected Plants to a Different Collection


Delete Collection

This field is required.