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winter cherry

(wint'er)
A medicinal herb (Physalis alkekengi) that is a member of the nightshade family and native to Eurasia. Its berries are toxic in large doses. It is used in alternative and complementary medicine as an anxiolytic and antidepressant. Synonym: Indian ginseng.
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Like all plants in this Genus, the Winter Cherries are prone to whitefly and red spider mite so you may need to monitor the plant and deal with the problem.
Garden centres are now awash with winter cherries (Solanum capsicastrum), bearing large brightorange berries which look tempting, but may not last too long outside unless you give them a really sheltered spot.
Garden centres and nurseries are awash with cyclamen,forced bulbs and Christmas cacti,feathery ferns and winter cherries (Solanum) with their orange/red berries and,of course, the favourite poinsettia.
Cyclamen, winter cherries and flaming Katies, along with ferns and ivies, all prefer cooler, well-lit but not scorching sunny positions.
The fruits, the winter cherries, appear in autumn and winter and are a bright scarlet red.
For shrubs, try winter cherries, firethorn or Japanese maples.