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PLATYCODON grandiflorus 'Fairy Snow'

Image of Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fairy Snow' (Apoyama Group)

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

PLATYCODON grandiflorus 'Fairy Snow'( Apoyama Group)

Plant Common Name

Balloon Flower, Fairy Snow Balloon Flower

General Description

Named for its curious and ornamental inflated flower buds that open to large bell-shaped flowers, balloon flower is an upright herbaceous perennial native to eastern Asia. Plants in the Apoyama Group are dwarf, attaining about a third the height of most other forms of balloon flower. The full-size, white, blue-veined flowers (and their bloated buds) of 'Fairy Snow' appear through summer atop stems clad with paired or whorled blue-green leaves. The stems bleed a milky sap when cut. The rootstock is thick and fleshy.

For best growth, plant this perennial in full to part sun and fertile, well drained soil. Plants emerge late in spring so it is best to mark their place. Deadhead to promote extended bloom. This perennial makes a fine foreground plant for mixed borders. It is also suitable for rock gardens and containers. Both seeds and plants are available.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 3

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    6"-10" / 15.2cm - 25.4cm

  • Width

    8"-12" / 20.3cm - 30.5cm

  • Bloom Time

    Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall, Fall

  • Native To

    Eastern Asia, Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Blue, Pink

  • Fruit Color

    Green, Tan

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Sea Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No