Last Updated:September 20, 2019

This is an unusual variety of the Chinese Lantern (Physalis alkekengi) with speckled yellow and green leaves. Native to southern Asia, I picked this one up as a 3 inch plant the local exotic plant nursery years ago. It’s now well over 10 feet tall an produces lots of orange blooms without being watered or fertilized at all. (Interesting side note — it’s related to the tomatillo.)