Native Region: Europe, Asia, Japan
Physalis alkekengi 'franchetti'
Zone Range: 05-08
Preferred Climate: temperate
Harvest Date: Sunday 20 January, 2013
Seed count: 20-25
This vigorous rhizomatous perennial has triangular leaves and bears tiny bell-shaped creamy white flowers followed by orange-scarlet berries enclosed in papery red calyces. Height and spread 36 inches. Can be invasive.
For maximum freshness, please keep seed refrigerated in its original packaging until it is time to plant. Sow seeds in spring into pots using standard soil-less seed compost, either peat or peat substitute. Cover with perlite or vermiculite. Place in a cold frame or with protection at 18 degrees Centigrade (65 degrees F.). Germination takes 3-6 weeks cold or 7-14 days with warmth. Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade.