Physalis alkekengi

Chinese Lantern

This genus includes both the decorative Chinese Lantern and several edible species. Although not well known, Tomatillos are gaining in popularity as more cooks try their hands at Mexican cooking. The cherry-tomato-like fruit are green to yellow when ripe and covered by papery husks which are removed before cooking. The fruit has a sweet, yet lemony taste and may be used raw in salads, sauces or garnishes, or cooked and pureed. Related to Tomatoes, these vining plants are easy to grow in areas with long summers. Best in full sun with staking. Pests and diseases are the same as Tomatoes. Harvest about 100 days from planting.
Physalis alkekengi, Chinese Lantern
Popular in dried flower arrangements, its masses of bright orange-red fruits are surrounded by red, balloon-like wrappers. May become invasive.

Attributes - Physalis alkekengi

Plant Type: Annual

Bloom Season: Mid Summer

Flower Color: White

Height: 1 ft. to 2 ft.

Width: 2 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Notes: Cut Flowers, Edible.

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Physalis ixocarpa
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