Physalis franchetti Gnome description
The cream flowers are fairly hidden and insignificant, but they are followed by fantastic, bright orange, papery lanterns in late summer and autumn.
These then go all skeletal through the winter.
The leaves and unripe fruit are poisonous.
How easy is it to grow:
Good for a rough area under trees, or in a corner, in the middle of a border or near a patio and will grow well in most soils, including heavy or clay soils.
Buy perennials with confidence, because this is trouble free and easy.
Common name: Dwarf Chinese Lanterns, Dwarf Japanese Lanterns, or Dwarf Bladder Cherry, or Dwarf Winter Cherry.
Also known as: Physalis alkekengi var. franchetii ‘Zwerg’
The best position in the garden:
Sun or semi shade or shade.
Is it useful as a ground cover plant?
Yes, it will fill a large area, especially good under trees.
What type of soil:
Any reasonable soil. Tolerates clay soil.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Size of plant:
Height 20 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.