Purple balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Blue') picture

Purple balloon flower picture

This purple balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Blue') picture came from our garden. We actually grow two varieties of balloon flowers: Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Blue' and Platycodon grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue'. Some common names for this flower are balloon flower, Chinese balloon flower, Chinese bellflower and Japanese bellflower. They 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 balloon flower 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. We've never tried growing them from seeds but I have read that they are supposed to be easily grown from seed. They are deer resistant. They atracts bees and butterflies, too.

Plant Type - Perennial Light - Full sun to part sun
Zones - 3 to 8 Size - 6" to 12" high
           8" to 12" wide
Bloom time - June to August Tips - Deadheading produces new blooms.
       Slugs and snails can be a problem.

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