Chinese lantern plants are hardy herbaceous perennials that offer some fall interest (with their colorful "lanterns") and can be grown equally well in the ground and in containers. Their signature lanterns are seed pods that start out green and mature to a bright pumpkin-orange at the end of the growing season in early fall. This autumnal color makes them valued for fall decorations. Chinese lantern is not difficult to grow; in fact, it can grow aggressively and spread quickly via underground rhizomes and by reseeding (if you do not harvest all of the pods). For this reason, it is considered invasive in some areas.