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FAMILY Solanaceae
GENUS Physalis
SPECIES alkekengi
CULTIVAR var. franchetii
SYNONYM Alkekengi officinarum, P. alkekengi var. orientalis, P. franchetii var. gigantea
COMMON NAME Chinese Lantern, Winter Cherry
OTHER COMMON NAMES Japanese lantern, Love in a Cage, Hozuki
HARDINESS Hardy Perennial
FLOWERS July to October
NATURAL FLOWER TIME Creamy-white, maturing into orange-red lanterns
HEIGHT 60cm (2ft)
SPREAD 60-90 cm (2-3ft)
POSITION Full sun or light shade.
SOIL Well-drained/light.