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Flower of the Month October: the Physalis

The Physalis, or Chinese lantern, is October’s flower of the Month and gives you that true autumn feeling. The brightly orange coloured lanterns bring colour and light to this gloomy season.

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physalis

Colours and shapes

The orange lanterns are what make the Physalis branches so special. The lanterns or pods are about 5 centimetres big and look like they’re made out of fragile paper. The Chinese lantern got its common name, because of the shape and the papery texture of the pods. Inside the lantern of the Physalis Peruviana you’ll find an orange berry with a sweet and sour taste. You can make jam out of it or use it as decoration for a dessert. But be careful, because not all varieties are suitable for consumption.

 

Symbolics

The Greek word Physalis means wrapper. The lantern protects and cases the berry and symbolizes safety, comfort and protection. Which is just what you need during those cold and windy autumn days.

 

Origin

The Physalis is family of the nightshade (Solanaceae). There’s a lot of confusion about the origin of the Physalis. Nobody knows if these orange lanterns came from Japan, China or Southeast-Europe.

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physalis

Decoration

The Physalis is great to use in bouquets, wreaths or as decoration on for example an autumn platter with moss and Curcubita (pumpkins). These lanterns are so great because they also have a very long shelf life and you can even dry them.

 

Availability & care

The Physalis is available from the beginning of August until the end of October. You can buy them with or without leaves and as single lanterns. Take care of the Physalis as you would for any other cut flower: cut a bit of the stem, remove possible leaves and place the branches in clean water with cut flower food.

 

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