this plant has shown up in my garden in a large volume. it has broad leaves, white flowers and these green pods.
Thank you for contacting Toronto Master Gardeners. This is a Physalis alkekengi or what’s commonly known as a Chinese lantern plant. The pods become a bright orange colour in September and are used for crafts and flower arrangements. This plant is a hardy perennial. It is considered an invasive plant because spreads very easily from roots growing underneath the surface. The plant is also poisonous a concern if you have children or pets that may eat them. Some gardeners contain the plant by growing it in a pot. For more information please see the following links: