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What Plant is this? Purple Flowers & Lantern-like Pods

I have this lovely plant outside my front door,
I haven't a clue what it is,
it has purple flowers and lantern like pods with black tops,

there are a few pics here,


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I would've said groundcherries, except yours has purple flowers? So it maybe another species in the nightshade family:
"Similar Species: Several other annual and perennial nightshade species (Solanum spp.) have an appearance similar to that of groundcherries except their flowers are white or purple and clustered while groundcherry flowers are yellow and solitary."

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Looks like a Chinese Lantern, a plant in the hibiscus family.

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