Platycodon grandiflorus
“Chinese Bellflower”
“Balloon Flower”

Platycodon grandiflorus "Chinese Bellflower" "Balloon Flower" PLatycodon grandiflorus "Chinese Bellflower"

Yay! This is the original 3’ tall species of “Balloon Flower” that’s so hard to find in these days of wanton dwarfing of our beloved cottage plants. Easy & reliably perennial, you can count on a lovely bright blue floral display from mid-Summer to October (especially with dead-heading). And it blooms like crazy - just when we are missing our blues! Bright glossy-green foliage on upright stems are topped by large 2-3” upward facing, flaring, vibrant, blue starry flowers that open from buds inflated like origami balloons. Quite awesome & the kids will love pinching them to make the mature buds “pop” open. Makes a good cut flower, especially if you burn the stem ends. Long used in Chinese medicine for coughs, colds & much more. Cut to ground in Winter. Rich, well drained soil for maximum beauty. Annual side-dress of compost in Spring. Deciduous but returns reliably each new season. Self sows.


Sun/Pt.Sun-hot areas
Avg. Water

USDA Zones 3-10