Physalis Alkekengi Var Franchetii
Tiny, creamy-white flowers appear in midsummer above oval green foliage. Later, the berries develop within eye-catching, red, papery Chinese Lantern like calyces. If left on the plant the calyces will slowly skeletonize, adding ornate winter interest to your garden. The stems can then be cut to create wonderful decorative flower arrangements. Ideal plant for a container display, great end of year interest and goes well with Heucheras. Prefers full sun, or partial shade with moist soil or compost.
Sow immediately at any time onto preferably a soil-based compost, covering with fine grit to approximately their own depth. Germination MAY be quicker if kept at 15 to 20 degrees C. but many seeds WILL NOT come up the year they are sown, needing winter chilling after sowing, and ONLY come up with natural spring germination.
Common name:Chinese Lantern
Classification:Hardy perennial, Hardy annual
Packet Content:150+ (Approx)