Here's a few photo's of one of my favorite flowers of the season...
Chinese Lanterns ~ Physalis alkekengi
Flowering in late summer then developing these fruits in October, turning from green to brilliant orange... they truly are stunning to look at.
Physalis is actually a herb, related to potatoes, and tomatoes..., its also known as "Winter Cherry," its fruit is harvested for its high vitamin C content, but can be toxic if not fully ripe, its known for its inflamation-reducing and , cough suppressing qualities and has been used to treat many other varied symptoms... (such as bedwetting!!!) I love learning about the herbal lore of plants grown right under our noses, don't you?
However, I'm not in any hurry to chomp these fruit, but they are so very photogenic..., don't you think?
Look what happens to the outer papery skin as it ripens...
All that is left is skeleton like outer shell, cage like holding the little orange like fruit in the center.
Do you have a favorite Fall flower?