Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) in the Platycodons Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Platycodon grandiflorus Accepted
Campanula grandiflora Synonym
Platycodon glaucus Synonym
Campanula glauca Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Plant Height: 14 inches
Plant Spread: minimal
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Depth to plant seed: press into soil, do not cover
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Will not come true from seed
Other info: Start 6 - 8 weeks if starting indoors.
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

A speckled hybrid balloon flower

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Location: Kamloops, BC, CanadaDate: 2012-07-30A speckled hybrid balloon flower
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
By Mutisia
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: Grand-Falls, N.B. CanadaDate: 2012-07-29Popping its balloon to showcase the bloom
By Ziggy
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2006-0714Combines very nicely with Russian Sage.
By pirl
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2012-0416
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Location: montana grandiflora gardenDate: 2012-0420I accidentally cut through these roots while trying to move some
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08Attractive to bees
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08Growing and blooming through an andromeda.
By pirl
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By Calif_Sue
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Location: Woodbridge , VaDate: 2016-08-01
By krobra
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Date: 2011-05-12
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Date: 2011-05-21
By Sheila_FW
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Location: my garden, NC Zone 7ADate: June 30
By sandnsea2
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08
By pirl
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-0808
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-08-08Stretching out for more sunlight.
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-0808Note the blurry bee on the right avoiding me and the camera.
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Location: Rose gardenDate: 2014-0808
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2009-07-08
By jmorth
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
By Mutisia
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: September 2010Fall colors in the late sun
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Location: Western KentuckyDate: August 2011Balloon flower in bloom
By Sharon
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2010-05-01Coming up in the spring
By Joy
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Date: 2007-05-20
By Sheila_FW
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-07-14
By Joy
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-08-31
By Joy
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-06-30
By jmorth
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Location: Grand-Falls, N.B. CanadaDate: 2012-07-29Balloon about ready to pop open
By Ziggy
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Date: 2013-08-16
By Paul2032
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 10-1-12
By jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: June 2007
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Photo by Asfreeas
By SongofJoy
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2014-05-15
By jmorth
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Location: my garden Date: 2014-07-09
By piksihk
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By Calif_Sue
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2008-07-18
By jmorth
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Location: my garden
By piksihk
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2015-10-08
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
By Mutisia
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: Laguna de Aculeo, Chile
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2013-10-04
By jmorth
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2017-01-19
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Apr 28, 2013 1:18 AM

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P...

"Platycodon grandiflorus is a species of herbaceous flowering perennial plant of the family Campanulaceae, and the only member of its genus. It is native to East Asia (China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia). This species is known as platycodon or Chinese bellflower. Depending upon the region, it is also referred to as the Japanese bellflower, common balloon flower, or balloon flower (referring to the balloon-shaped flower buds).

Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) wide, it is an herbaceous perennial with dark green leaves and blue flowers in late summer. A notable feature of the plant is the flower bud which swells like a balloon before fully opening.[1] The five petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base, like its relatives, the campanulas. There are varieties with white, pink and purple blooms in cultivation.[2] In Korea, white flowers are more common. This plant[3] together with its cultivars 'Apoyama group'[4] and 'Mariesii'[5] have gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit."

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Collected seed.
chelle On October 20, 2014 Transplanted
Moved from container to W screen room hugel bed for the winter. Front and center.
TexasPlumeria87 On March 19, 2016 Seeds germinated
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lovesblooms On January 15, 2017 Seeds sown
w/s; pink, white, blue mix
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