Thursday, October 29, 2009

It is what it appears to be

I continue to be amazed at how the Internet (and more precisely Google) plops the world down right at our feet.

I found an unusual plant growing in one of our rose bushes. I had no idea what it was, but the flowers resembled Chinese lanterns. I input "chinese lantern plant" into Google. Lo and behold, the plant is known commonly as "the Chinese lantern plant."

The Latin name is physalis alkekengi and is also known as the "winter cherry" or "bladder cherry."

It's a member of the potato family, if that makes any sense.

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