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The botanical name of Chinese lanterns plants is Physalis alkekengi. The Chinese lanterns plants look like tomatillos or husk tomatoes. They all look alike because they are all members of the nightshade family. The spring flowers are actually pretty enough, but the real delight of a Chinese lantern plant is the large, red-orange, inflated seed pod from which the plant gets its common name. These papery pods enclose a fruit that is edible though not very tasty. While the plant leaves and the unripened fruit are actually poisonous, a lot of people like to make use of the pods in dried flower arrangements. To read more visit is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to