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A close relative of the familiar garden perennial, Chinese lantern, P. alkekengi, this South American plant is widely cultivated in many warmer parts of the world and will succeed in gardens if grown like outdoor tomatoes. Otherwise plant under glass or in large containers. Each plant can produce up to a kilo of fruit, which is sweet and refreshing with a high vitamin C content, and will store in a warm dry place for several weeks. Plants may be kept as perennials in large pots, although seedlings are often more productive. This is also known as P. edulis and P. pruinosa.
Plant type: Fruit
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Fruit
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: April to May
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