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Just popped up in a pot of soil...never had one prior anywhere on property!

comments (5) April 22nd, 2013 in gallery
quirkygirl quirkygirl, member
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 Click the image to enlarge. Photo: Rigel

What is this gorgeous plant/weed? It just popped up...i saved as many of the balloon seeds aa possible last fall. Please help...i cant find it anywhere. Photos attached! Thanks to all!  Rigel



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dessypramoe writes: Just browsed and i saw the picture. The plant is very common in my homecountry, Indonesia. It is Physalis angulata or mulaca,we called it "Ciplukan". It is herbaceous annual plant. Very easy to grow everywhere and anywhere. Kind of wild plant. You'd be better to collect the fruits, because it is used to treat diabetes here. The fruit is really sweet once it ripe. I like to eat the fruit as I have the plant in my garden. The plant is known for antibacterial and been tested by local university here. May this information help you. Posted: 12:09 am on May 29th
Parsons54 writes: It looks kinda like a tomatillo plant. Did a fruit form inside the husk before the frost hit? Posted: 9:45 pm on April 27th
quirkygirl writes: Hi, thanks for your help.

So far, i can say it is not a vine. It never showed any vine characteristics, always budding and growing with branchy tree-like characteristics. Nor did it have a rhizome root structure, so, not a chinese according to botanical specs...

Secondly, on our street a few doors down, there are several large Chinese Lantern Trees that are large, and have lanterns that change colors throughout seasons. My mystery plant died at first hard frost, and never had any color change on lanterns or leaves. Physalis Alkekengi is a perrenial here in Zone 7, and has color changes. So, not exactly that either.

My plant had more of a "bonsai appearence", if that helps. So, i'm still in search of the exact variety...any further info very appreciated!

R

Posted: 10:14 am on April 23rd
Smartgardener writes: if its not the Chinese Lantern Plant, which it does look like, it could be the weed - Balloon vine (Cardiospermum grandiflorum ). if it climbs and becomes a vine it definitely is the weed and becomes difficult to contain. Posted: 5:55 pm on April 22nd
cxsdia writes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physalis_alkekengi

Looks like Chinese Lantern plant Posted: 2:22 pm on April 22nd
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