Sentimental Blue Platycodon are also known as Balloon Flowers and if you have ever seen them, then you know why. The 3 inch sky blue flowers burst open into a 5 pointed star-shaped bloom from buds that swell up like a balloon! These unique flowers are found on top of green foliage with elongated leaves that are serrated on the edges.
Platycodon do well in full sun or part shade. Soil conditions are most favorable when kept on the moist side. They do not tolerate being dry. In the spring clean up any old growth before the new growth begins to appear. It is not usually necessary to divide Balloon Flowers and can be rather tricky because of the root system.
Spacing: Plant 12″ to 18″ apart.
Height: Grows 8″ to 10″ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun to part shade.
Outstanding Features: These plants come up late in the spring so you may want to plant tulips or daffodils beside them to mark their location. Deer resistant.
Tips: Heat tolerant. Average water needs.
Uses: Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes, Window Boxes, Cut Flowers
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Bottom Picture © Parks Brothers Farm, Inc.