Traditionally, Lunar New Year celebrations ended with a lantern festival, so it is perhaps fitting that Vancouver’s new festival begins with one, too:
Popular for the papery bright-orange lantern pods develop around the ripening fruit.
History: The Physalis is indigenous to South Africa and was cultivated in the region of the Cape of Good Hope during the 19th century, imparting the common name, “cape gooseberry”.
Care and Design
- these plants are attractive in vases to add height, colour, and texture
- when cut, the fruit retains their colour all winter
- when drying these fruits upon the stem place the latter in a horizontal position, allowing the lanterns to droop sideways; otherwise some of the grateful appearance is lost
- for better hydration of flowering branches, whittle off the base of the stem and a small amount of surrounding bark.
- cuttings from this plant make gorgeous decor items for Chinese New Year, Autumn or Halloween
- can be used in centerpieces, as ornaments on a Chinese New Year tree
- or as a enhancement for any arrangement
Be sure to light up the cold winter nights and Chinese New Year with the Lantern Pod .