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Balloon Flower: Platycodon grandiflorus

Botanical name: Platycodon grandiflorus

Common name: balloon flower

also known as (balloonflower, Chinese balloonflower, Chinese bellflower, Japanese bellflower)

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Planted
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times

Sprite
created by:
chief cultivator

Mercer island, Wa

at a glance

Soil: damp, acidic, sand
Sun:
  
  
Zones: 3a thru 7b
Care:
average
Lifespan:
perennial
Category:   
Attributes:

deer resistant

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description for "Balloon Flower: Platycodon grandiflorus"

Balloon flower, perfectly suited to North American gardens, is native to China and Japan . The curious blue violet flower blooms resemble small balloons that expand and silently burst open, displaying a five-pointed star about 3 inches across. They are one of the stronger-blooming summer plants. Platycodon will rebloom heavily if deadheaded. They cut well. The taller varieties may need staking. Their height can be controlled by pinching plants back by a third when they are about a foot high. This delays flowering only slightly. They are happy in most any well-drained soil. Platycodon are rather late to emerge in spring, so mark your plants well to avoid damage during early-spring soil cultivation. Easy to grow and rewarding. -- edited by dtd pbcouchman

History:

Platycodon grandiflorus is native to China and Japan.

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