Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Mariesii’

Balloon Flower
USDA Zone: 3-9
Balloon Flowers are summer-blooming cousins to the more familiar Bellflowers. This selection forms a compact mound of green foliage, bearing inflated buds that open into star-shaped single bright violet-blue blossoms. Especially good choice for containers, rock gardens or for edging. Remove faded blooms to encourage fresh buds to form. Because they come up very late in the spring, consider planting tulips or daffodils beside the clump to mark the location. Division is seldom necessary, and not always very successful because of the carrot-like root.
Sun Exposure   Full Sun or   Partial Shade

Soil Type   Normal or Sandy or Clay

Soil pH   Neutral or Alkaline or Acid

Soil Moisture   Average or Moist

Care Level

Flower Color   Deep Blue

Blooming Time   Early Summer   Mid-Summer   Late Summer

Foliage Color   Deep Green

Plant Uses & Characteristics
Accent: Good Texture/Form    Alpine & Rock
Border   Containers
Deer Resistant   Massed

Flower Head Size   Medium

Height    14-18 inches

Spread    14-18 inches

Foot Traffic    None

Growth Rate
Medium

Maintenance: Low

Flower: Showy, Fragrant

Attracts: Butterflies

Tolerate: Rabbit, Erosion, Air Pollution