Japanese Lanterns, Physalis alkekeng, close up of  of Japanese lantern pods, Japanese-Lantern, Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry, Strawberry Ground Cherry, Chinese Lantern

Japanese Lanterns (Physalis alkekengi)

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The perennial Japanese Lantern plant, also known as Winter Cherry, Bladder Cherry, and Chinese Lantern, grows in the Solanaceae family alongside its relatives the Goji Berry and Poha Berry. Sharing many growing attributes to the Poha Berry, the Japanese Lantern stands out with its own unique bright red outer husk- an ornamental color pop that many dry out and make into potpourri. 

The Japanese Lantern, native to Northern Asia and Southern Europe, grows aggressively, spreading rhizomes with haste. This makes the Japanese Lantern a fantastic potted-plant candidate. They are rather easy to maintain and thrive with average watering and temperatures down to 30 degrees Fahrenheit! 

Hidden inside the showy, inedible Japanese Lantern calyx, a sunset-colored berry awaits inside. Maturing from a small white flower, these berries stay encased in their husks, safe from outside conditions and any pests. The flavor may be described as sweet and tart and slightly reminiscent of pineapple with a mild bitterness. It has been used in herbal apothecaries for its antiphlogistic, antipyretic, antitussive and expectorant qualities. Used fresh, juiced or dried, it can help with urinary and skin diseases. Japanese Lantern leaves are cooked to assist fevers, and are often used to settle inflammation associated with malaria. 

Many hang the colorful nightshades for vibrant fall ornaments. Save yourself the candles and grow your own fire-orange Japanese Lanterns!

Plant Type:
Perennial Tropical Fruiting Vine, Shrub

Harvest Season:
Year-Round Intermittently

Boast during Spring and Fall

Mature Size:
Up to 4 ft. tall with  spread up to 7 ft. (in ideal conditions)

Soil & Moisture:
Well-drained, sandy to gravelly soil

Light Requirements:
 Full Sun


Growth Rate:

Zone Hardiness:
Outdoors 8+ with frost protection; Patio/Greenhouse 4+

Our Poha Berry Plant is grown from seed and is capable of harvest within growing season. 

Rated 3.0 out of 5 stars
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    I recommend this product
    Rated 5 out of 5 stars
    1 year ago
    5 Stars

    Plant arrived in stellar condition

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