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#54860 May 30th, 2007 at 05:27 PM
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While out of town last week, I loaded up on plants from a nursery. One of the plants I purchased is called(according to that nursery) "Abulition" - Chinese lantern. I hadn't heard of the plant until I saw it and just had to have it. :wink: After I got home, of course I "googled" it and the plant does not look anything at all like an Abulition.


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Here you can see the leaves.

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Can anyone tell me what I have here? Is it a variety that is not yet listed on the internet?

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What a beauty!! I would have definitely brought it home, too. grin
I do believe that it is an Abutilon, and a very pretty one.
There are many different cultivars, and leaf shapes differ.

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No that isn't a chinese lantern. Or at least not the one most commonly known as a chinese lantern. The botanical name for those is Physalis Franchetii. I have some in my garden and if you want to grow some I can send you seeds in the fall. But be forwarned they are very very aggressive and spread by runner root. And the "Chinese Lantern" is actually the seed pod. The flower is not really noticable hiding underneath the leaves. The only time the seed pods are really noticable is after the plants have died and the leaves have fallen off.

For an ornamental flower for the garden I really like the one you got. And I would have definitely bought it too.



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floweringchild #56675 Jun 2nd, 2007 at 07:46 AM
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Zuzu, thanks! Once again, you got it right! Thanks so much for your help.

Thanks, Kenny for the aka.

Tammy, Zuzu and Kenny are correct on this one. I researched "physalis franchetii", that is not what I have. The flower is identificable along with the leaves in Zuzu's active linc she provided. The flowers/lanterns on mine are definitely noticeable. Thanks all! flwr

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If you harvest seeds for the fall fling on that one a lot of people will be very pleased I know.


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Thanks Penny!

Tammy, should I keep the lanterns that fall off? Then what? They would make an interesting fall fling swap!

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It took awhile but I finally found the information. seeds taken from your plant will not breed true so that's out except for the truely adventurous lol. It is propogated by tip cuttings. Which are also exchanged between members in the seed and cutting exchange room.

If you want to see what the seedlings will grow hand polinate the flower, and don't deadhead the flower when it falls off. Shortly after the flower falls off you will see a seed pod begin to form. When this turns brown and begins to open harvest it. The seeds will be mature and ready for planting. Planting is suggested for mid winter indoors to get blooms the same year.



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Thanks Rugbyhukr

Tammy, hmmm, tip cutting propogation. I'll have to read up on that. I made written notes on what to do for seedlings. flwr
Thanks so much!


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