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I got seeds for this from a lady in California. She said it has a yellow lantern type flower and is a member of the night shade family. I only had one seed germinate and this is the plant. Cala said she had about 6 come up in her greenhouse. There are little thorns on the base of the leaves and the stem. Anyone recognize it or have any guesses? I'm sure it's probably a weed in some area...
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Hmmmm ... at first glace it sure looks like these things that we have all over the place (yeah, they're weeds here, but do have a neat flower): http://plantsdatabase.com/go/31750/ all the way down to the thorns on leaves and stems. But those plants at the link don't get yellow lantern-like things on them. They do have bright yellow balls for seed pods, though.
If that's it, then it likes FULL sun and LOTS of it, Poppysue!! And it won't mind not getting much water. They're perennials here, popping back up from a deep taproot. I don't know if they bloom the first year, but I think so.
Somewhere I have a picture of the fruit (which I was always told was poisonous, but I don't really know). I'll try to dig it up and post it to that link sometime today. I guess you could say the fruit look like little yellow lanters, but they're just plain little balls to me. The blooms look more like paper lanterns (that are flattened out) than the fruit does IMHO. ;)