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Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Platycodon grandiflorus

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Platycodon grandiflorus Plant Information

Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus
Common Name: balloon flower
Family: Campanulaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, cutflowers
Plant Form: upright, rounded, spreading
Height: 1 - 2 feet
Spread: 1 - 4 feet
Foliage: sharply serrated, green to dark green leaves which vary from whorled to opposite from the stem bases to ends
Flower: 3" white, pink, blue, or violet terminal, cup-shaped flowers

buds swell (balloon) up prior to opening
Bloom Period: Spring - Summer
Sun: light shade - full sun
Water: medium water requirement

low tolerance of humidity
Soil: prefers well-drained, moist soil with low pH
Heat Tolerance: medium heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 4 - 8
Native Range: East Asia
Maintenance: deadhead to promote return blooms

propagation by seed
Pests & Pathology: susceptible to root rot

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