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Platycodon (Balloon Flower) grandiflorus ‘Mariesii’

Balloon flower is a show stopper in the garden. A favorite with children! Their inflated balloon shaped flower buds actually pop open into star shaped, bright blue, 2″ wide flowers.

The grandiflorus ‘Mariesii’ is a dwarf form that grows only 1-1.5 feet tall and does great planted in part shade or light sun. They bloom from July to August. The long lived plants form an upright clump in the border. Because Balloon Flowers are very slow to make an appearance in spring they can be easily damaged by early weeding or digging, so mark the spot. Removing the spent flowers will encourage continued bloom and keep the plants tidy. Winter hardy to zone 3.

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Plant Details +

Size #1
Height 12-18"
Spacing 12-18"
Hardiness Zones 3-8
Exposure Sun-partial shade
Foliage Glossy, Dark Green
Flower Violet blue
Bloomtime July-September

General Information +

Botanical: Platycodon grandiflorus 'Mariesii'

Common: Balloon Flower

General Characteristics: A choice, low maintenance perennial that forms non-spreading clumps. Staking is recommended before flowering begins. Plant balloon flowers in average to rich, well-drained soil in sun to partial shade. Plants grow from a large, fleshy tap root. Plants can be transplanted in spring or early fall, although division is not usually necessary.

Planting/Care Instructions +

Pests or Diseases: No serious insect or disease problems.

Planting Instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly. In spring, remove dead foliage and dead-head all spent flowers after blooming. In fall, cut back to 6". Division can be done in the spring. But, these plants do not like being transplanted and are slow to re-establish.