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common name: Chinese Lantern, Bladder Cherry
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade, shade
dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 5 to 10
Rapidly spreading rhizomatous perennial with ovate-triangular shaped leaves up to 12cm long. Small bell-shaped creamy-white flowers are produced at the leaf axils in midsummer and followed by large bright orange-red berries, enclosed in papery red calyces.
Any well drained soil in sun, full or part shade. May become invasive.
The "lanterns" are excellent for drying. The plant's invasive and coarse nature make it unsuitable for use in normal cultivated borders, but it may be valuable in hostile positions.
The ripe fruits are edible, although the rest of the plant, including the papery fruit calyces, is poisonous.
Widely distributed in the wild, from central and southern Europe, through Asia to Japan.