Physalis peruvina. C20

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Physalis is a climbing plant with a spectacular fruit.

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The genus Physalis, family Solanaceae, includes 90 species of herbaceous plants distributed throughout the American continent, especially in Mexico. 
Physalis is a plant of easy cultivation, native to the Far East and is commonly known as Chinese lantern, Alquequenje and Corazoncillo.
It is a perennial herbaceous plant (if the winter is not too cold) with ascending stems that reaches a little less than 1 metre in height. The leaves are velvety-textured, wavy and ovate or sub-heart-shaped. It is not the small white flowers (which bloom in summer) that are of interest, but the showy fruits enclosed in the red calyx which resembles a lantern.
It is widely used to create flowerbeds in the garden and in pots on terraces and balconies. It has diuretic properties and its fruits are rich in vitamin C.
This plant prefers a semi-shaded exposure in very hot summer regions and full sun if the climate is more temperate. It is relatively resistant to cold but not to frost.
It likes cool, well-drained soils with plenty of organic matter.
It should be watered abundantly during the summer (do not let the substrate dry out) and moderately the rest of the year (wait until the substrate is almost dry).
The best time for pruning is in autumn, cutting back the stems a little. It is not usually affected by the most common garden pests and diseases.
They are propagated from seeds sown at the end of winter and by division of bushes.

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Physalis is a climbing plant with a spectacular fruit.

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