Friday, March 4, 2011

Skeletonized Chinese Lanterns (Physalis Alkekengi)

chinese lanterns
chinese lanterns
chinese lanternsPhysalis alkekengi,or commonly known as Chinese Lantern, is a European perennial garden plant often grown for it's autumn fruit and colorful orange pods and is frequently used in flower arrangements in the fall. The pods or calyces which surround the fruit change from green to a brilliant red orange color when they are ripe . If left on the plant, the can become skeletonized, and provide a remarkable subject to photograph:).I find it interesting how the fruit or berry can be easily seen through the skeletonized Chinese Lantern pod.

5 comments:

Benjamin Vogt said...

These are beautiful! Of course, others will stop by and say the same thing, but hey, I'm first. I was just reading how birds get drunk on fermenting springtime berries.

The Garden Ms. S said...

Woooo...nice photos!! Better than nice! This plant has such lovely structure and you've really captured it. :)

Crafty Gardener said...

Fantastic photos. I'd love to be there with my camera and get a few shots of them.

chey said...

Thanks:). I just couldn't resist capturing them~ so natural and beautiful.Thanks for the comments!

Janet said...

I never knew that's what happened when they were left on the plant. they are so delicate and a lovely photo opportunity.