Can someone help identify this plant ?

I just noticed this plant growing out of my compost bin. I have no clue what this could be .
Please advise,
Thanks in advance
q can someone help identify this plant , gardening, plant id
q can someone help identify this plant , gardening, plant id
  26 answers
  • Eileen Eileen on Sep 02, 2016
    Looks like it has some kind of fruit on it. Does it resemble any thing you have eaten? Could be something that did not make it into your compost bin even though you had thought you got it all inside.

  • Mary Coakley Mary Coakley on Sep 02, 2016
    It looks like a tomato plant,you can see the fruits on it,try and leave it to ripen or blossom,if your compost heap is open then it may have come from a bird dropping seeds.Do please let us know what happens.

  • Dale Harvey Dale Harvey on Sep 02, 2016
    This is a species of Physalis, the Wild Gooseberry or Chinese Lantern plant

  • Victoria Victoria on Sep 02, 2016
    From the photo it appears to be a tomatillo plant. It has spider mites! LOL

  • Asha Ravada Asha Ravada on Sep 02, 2016
    Thank you to those who responded. I will check the plant again and put in a small video. That may help all the experts out there!. Appreciate your responses. Regards Asha

  • KayHomeTalk KayHomeTalk on Sep 03, 2016

  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 03, 2016
    It appears to be tomatillo.

  • Mag7841223 Mag7841223 on Sep 03, 2016
    I agree with the Japanese lantern answer --

  • Beth Beth on Sep 03, 2016
    There is an app for that😊!! My Garden Answers gives lots of info and you can take a pic of a plant for identification.

  • Fla11181262 Fla11181262 on Sep 03, 2016
    First reaction is Jimson Weed, Datura stramonium, Datura erowid or another varietal. The species varies with lobing of the leaves, but caution is advised--it's a hallucinogenic and potentially fatal member of the nightshade family. If this is it, it produces lovely, large trumpet-shaped flowers that attract children, not a good thing. One clue is to break off a leaf and smell the stem--if it has an unpleasant odor, it's likely the Datura genus. Note that tomatoes (and the tomatillo suggestion above) are also in the nightshade family.

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Sep 03, 2016
    I believe it is a Chinese Lantern,

  • Sophia,M.,McConnery Sophia,M.,McConnery on Sep 03, 2016
    Can you tell me more about the things hanging from the branches?Are they hollow?If they are not You might have a Chinese Melon plant!I have some tea here made with that melon.The site would also be able to help!

  • Jerry Jerry on Sep 03, 2016
    It is Chinese Lantern.

  • Lori Lori on Sep 03, 2016
    Chinese lantern you can see the little green lanterns they will turn's a ugly plant but you can set the lanterns for autum decor..... It spreads too

  • Abita Abita on Sep 03, 2016
    Looks like Jimson weed to me; that stuff will spread like crazy if you let it go to seed. Not good for people or pets.

  • Frankly I have no idea what it is, but if you are like me, I would very gently dig it out, place it in a pot and nurse it till it gets big enough to identify. This is how I ended up with my fig tree. I returned home from a 10 day trip visiting a friend and a little tree was growing out of a planter box. Now 5 years later it is a huge shade tree that produces figs for me twice a year! If it is Chinese Lantern, they make fab dried flower arrangements. Keeping my fingers crossed for you!

  • Deanna Nassar Deanna Nassar on Sep 03, 2016
    After comparing Chinese Lantern to Jimson Weed pictures I think it's the lanterns. The clincher would be if the pods stay smooth. Jimson Weed pods turn prickly.

  • Maeyaeger Maeyaeger on Sep 03, 2016
    Master Gardener, U of MN Extension reply: Japanese Lantern, Physalis alkekengi.

  • Sally Dellas Sally Dellas on Sep 03, 2016
    Did you throw Japanese lantern plants in your compost? Did it have flowers? Looks like a plant I grew from compost but it turned out to be tomatillo. Have you ever thrown tomatillos intercom post? Same family as Japanese lantern.

  • Asha Ravada Asha Ravada on Sep 03, 2016
    I am surprised how the Japenese lantern or chinese latern can grow in my compost . I do not cook any adian food. Nor have i eaten tomatilos too. Surprising ! But thank you everyone for responding. Appreciate it ! Should i pull out the plant or let it take itscourse for the winter . We are in zone 6/7 . Thanks Asha

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    • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Sep 04, 2016
      Chinese Lanterns are winter-hardy in your zone. Tomatillos like any other tomatoes are not. I would let it grow for the remainder of the season and then you can pull it out or move it depending on whether you wish to keep it or not.

  • FeatLilJ FeatLilJ on Sep 03, 2016
    Tomatillo! Japanese /Chinese lantern "flowers"/buds are orange. FYI...I have tomatillo plants...

  • Victoria Victoria on Sep 04, 2016
    It is definitely not D. stramonium or D. metel or D. inoxia or wrightii.

  • Kathy Kathy on Sep 04, 2016
    It looks like ground cherry to me

  • Sue Kiene Sue Kiene on Sep 04, 2016
    Tomatillos and chinese lanterns are in the same family

  • Asha Ravada Asha Ravada on Sep 05, 2016
    Hello all, after reviewing the link ( pictures) provided by Dale and a careful validation ofmy plant - i would agree with Dave and others who helped identify this plant - it definitely seemsto be physalis Angulata ! Many Thanks to everyone ! Asha

  • Asha Ravada Asha Ravada on Sep 05, 2016
    Based onDaves response and the links he provided - the plant seems to be Physalis Angulata !