This old fashioned favourite forms a large spreading clump of upright stems which bear small, insignificant, white flowers in summer.
It can be as rampant as mint so be warned. An escapee from a long abandoned garden has spread throughout Chernobyl.
The main feature is the large 'lanterns' which ripen to a rich brilliant orange in early autumn and are prized for their decorative appeal. This calyx or papery cage protects the growing berries from pests and diseases.
Most varieties of Physalis are prized for their edible fruits but this variety is very different, the fruits are sour and can be poisonous if consumed in quantity.
Grow in any well drained soil in partial shade or full sun. Excellent in a large pot.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Creamy yellow, orange seedpods
Well drained but moist
Full sun or partial shade