|One of the easiest and most reliable perennials, it is aptly named for its unusual flower buds which are shaped like hot air balloons. The long blooming, blue, white or pink, star-shaped flowers appear from early summer through early fall. Tough, hear-tolerant and long-lived, light bluish-green foliage forms neat clumps. Excellent cut flowers if ends are seared with a flame after cutting. Start easily by seed, or with difficulty by division of the thick roots in spring. Protect roots from gophers. Often one of the last perennials to emerge in spring, be sure to mark its spot to avoid digging up or damaging the shoots and roots.
Considered by some the most beautiful hardy plant in cultivation, it offers dwarf, semi-double and double forms. Use in rockeries. Requires no special care and lasts in the same spot for more than 20 years.
Attributes - Platycodon grandiflorus
Plant Type: Perennial
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Late Summer
Flower Color: Blue, Pink, Purple, White
Height: 1 ft. 6 in. to 2 ft.
Width: 1 ft. 6 in.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Notes: Container Plants, Low Maintenance. Susceptible to Aphids, Spider Mites.