Purple balloon flower picture

Purple balloon flower picture

This purple balloon flower picture ( also called Chinese Bellflower) came from our garden. We actually have two varieties of balloon flowers: Platycodon grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue' and Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Blue' These plants produce beautiful lavender blue blooms and if you look real close in the center of the bloom it looks like a star sapphire. The balloon flower gets it's name from the buds you see in the back of the picture , they puff up and look like small balloons before they open.

This plant does best in full sun to part sun and likes slightly acidic soil. Transplanting or dividing of the balloon flower is not recommended because they grow with a tap root that grows straight down and deep, making it difficult to move without damaging the roots. This plant also comes in blue, pink and white making for a variety of color combinations.

Plant Type - Perennial Light - Full sun to part sun
Zones - 3 to 8 Size - 6" to 48" high - up to 3' wide
Bloom time - Summer Tips - Grows fast and emove spent blooms