Physalis (Chinese Lanterns)
Physalis, (commonly known as Chinese Lanterns), is a genus of the nightshade family Solanaceae and is native to the subtropics.
The common name for physalis, ‘chinese lanterns’ is derived from the orange paper-like husk that protects the seeds. The orange physalis lanterns grow from the stem, underneath heart shaped green leaves.
In herbalism, physalis has been used to treat coughs and sore throats. Chinese Lanterns are extremely effective for use in Autumn wedding flowers - why not give them a try?
Physalis Lampion is available as a cut flower on the wholesale flower markets and is sold in wraps of 10 or 20 stems. Stem lengths are usually no taller than 75cm.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut physalis please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Strip the lower foliage from the stems.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the physalis in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the physalis in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.