Platycodon (Balloon Flower)

The genus Platycodon belongs to the Campanulaceae family and contains only one member: Platycodon grandiflorus. The native to Eastern Asia plant is commonly known as Balloon Flower. This name is based on the unopened flower buds which look like little balloons. Other names: Chinese/Japanese Bellflower.

Platycodon grandiflorus

From Platycodon grandiflorus is a wide range of cultivars available, flowering in blue, pink, white or multicolored.

The Ballon Flower is a perennial and suitable for sunny to light shaded places. Propagation can be done by seeds or division. USDA zone: 4.

Video: Platycodon grandiflorus “Astra White”

platycodon grandiflorus

Platycodon grandiflorus is flowering here in Germany from June to September and can reach over 60 centimeters in height.

platycodon flower bud

The buds look like little balloons.

Ballonblume / Balloon Flower