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Platycodon grandiflorus

Balloon flower

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to October
  • Height0.5m to 0.6m
  • Spread0.25m to 0.35m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourBlue, purple, white
  • Leaf ColourGrey green blue

Description

Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon flower). This species produces upright stems with sharp toothed foliage. The flowers are blue sometimes pink or white. The flowers are long-lasting when cut and this perennial is a good choice for borders.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous

Other common names

Chinese bellflower

Origin

East Asia

Interest and use

Walls, border, cutting bed, rock garden

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Sandy, Loamy
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will grow easily in any well-drained soil with full sun, but they will need protection from afternoon sunlight in warm areas.

Propagation

You can propagate by basal cuttings of non-flowering shoots in summer, preferably with a piece of root attached, or by seed in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails attack young shoots.

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