For many years P. Alkekengi, a European perennial, had -been grown for its red, inflated calices, but it has been completely driven out by the Japanese P. Francheti, the calices of which are two or three times larger, and of a bright orange-scarlet colour, enclosing a large cherry-like fruit. They are chiefly valuable for winter sale and decoration. The plants grow in any soil, but produce the finest colour in open, sunny spots. Easily raised from seeds or by division; the plants are popularly known as "Chinese Lanterns" (fig. 237).

Physalis Franchetti.

Fig. 237. - Physalis Franchetti.