P. alkekengi var. franchetii is a vigorous perennial with mid-green, heart-shaped leaves. In late summer, it produces tiny, creamy-white flowers but its main feature is its autumn fruits. Orange, edible, tart berries are contained within bright-red, papery casings (calyxs) in autumn and, if left, these become skeletonised.
Start plants early in February for first year fruits. Full sun. Zone 4. Good container plant, great dried, in bouquets. Zone 6+
Reseeds if allowed to.