Answer: The flower buds are hollow balloons, which gradually inflate and color up. Finally the buds burst open into star-shaped flowers 2- to 3-inches across. They last a few days and if you snip off the dead flowers, more will appear throughout the season. I think your plant is behaving normally. The beauty of the flowers is their progression from buds to balloons. When they open fully, they are spent and should be removed. As the root system matures it will send up even more flowers.
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