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This forms a large spreading clump of fairly upright stems which bear small, insignificant, white flowers in summer. However, the main feature is the 5cm (2in) long lanterns, actually the papery husk covering a berry inside, which ripen to a rich brilliant orange in early autumn. This looks good grown with other autumn perennials, but should be confined in a large buried container, as with mint, or placed a little apart where it can be kept in check. It is useful for cutting and drying for winter decoration.
Cultivar: var. franchetii
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Skill level: Beginner
Time to divide plants: March to May
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