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Common Perennials

Balloon Flower
Platycodon grandiflorous


Quick Profile

Exposure
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
 
Mature Height
6 Inches - 2 Feet
 
USDA Hardiness Zones
3 - 8 
 
Soil Conditions
Moist, Well-Drained
 
Foliage Color
Green
 
Bloom Color
Blue
Pink
White
 
Bloom Season
July - August
 
Size
Small
Medium
 

Features

Attractive long lived perennial with glossy green foliage and unique balloon shaped buds opening to star shaped flowers.

Culture

Well drained moist soil in a full sun to very light shade location

Cultivars

'Fairy Snow' 6-12 inches tall, white flowers

'Hakone Blue' 2 feet tall, blue flowers

'Mariesii' 18-24 inches tall, blue flowers

'Sentimental Blue' 6-12 inches tall, blue flowers

'Shell Pink' 18-24 inches tall, pink flowers

Notes

Plants are slow to establish. Prefer a high organic matter soil. Rarely needs division. Difficult to transplant. Very slow to emerge in the spring. Tall cultivars may require staking. Attractive clean foliage.