Platycodon grandiflorus (Jacq.) A.DC.

Balloon Flower, Chinese Bell-flower

Family: Campanulaceae

Genus: Platycodon

Category: Perennial

Zones: 4 to 9

Size: To 30" tall with 18" spread

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Blue, white or pink flowers that start as small square balloons and then open wider. Blooms from late spring through summer. Clumping. Withstands heat and humidity. Deadheading encourages rebloom.


'Perlmutterschale' - white to cream with pink veins


'Grandiflorus' means large-flowered.

Native to Russia, China, Mongolia, Japan and Korea.

Published in Monogr. Campan. 125 in 1830.

Basioym Campanula grandiflora Jacq.

My Experience: 

I purchased a white flowering plant in a 4" pot at Big Bloomers in June 2011 and planted it in the 'Helipad And Tiers' garden. It bloomed but did not grow larger then slowly died back to nothing by September not because of lack of water, perhaps too much.

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