(Candles sold separately)
It reaches up to 60 cm (2 feet) tall and can be found from the Caucasus just east of Europe, through to China. So at least they got (half) right.
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The fruit develops within the plush shield, hidden from view and protected from pests. But then...
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Suddenly the fruit is visible within an elaborate, gothic cage.
|Image: Amadej Trnkoczy|
Shame. It would have been so convenient if they were delicious fruit growing in their own paper, gift bags!
|Image: Kevin Krebs|
And, of course, they look lovely! This, along with the fact that they're easy to care for, means that Chinese Lanterns are now found in gardens all over Europe and North America. All they need is a bit of light and not too much frost, and there's a good chance they'll do well. Maybe even too well.
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On the bright side, it's your very own Chinese lantern festival! Whether you like it or not.