Specie: P.. alkekengi
Chinese lantern, Bladder cherry, Winter Cherry
Name in Latin: Solanaceae
Name in English: The Nightshade Family
Origin: From southern Europe, east across across southern Asia to Japan.
Growth Habit: herbaceous perennial plant. popular ornamental plant, yet can be invasive.
Flower: white , with a five lobed corolla and inflated basal calyx which matures into the papery orange fruit covering.
Blooming Period: late summer to autumn ( Vancouver)
Leaf: long and broad
great shape/texture, defines autumn with colour and harvest maturity, interesting, unusual, more rugged to the defined petite sandersonia.
Care and Handling
Lasting Quality: long lasting
Amount of water: moderate,
dries well, Japan uses seeds as part of the Bon Festival as offerings to guide the souls of the deceased.