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PLATYCODON grandiflorus 'Fuji White'

Image of Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji White' (FUJI SERIES)

James Burghardt

Family

Campanulaceae

Botanical Name

PLATYCODON grandiflorus 'Fuji White'( FUJI SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Balloon Flower, Fuji White Balloon Flower

General Description

Named for its curious and ornamental inflated flower buds that open to large bell-shaped blooms, balloon flower is an upright herbaceous perennial native to eastern Asia. The Fuji Series is a tall seed-grown strain of balloon flowers that are excellent for cutting. The white bell-shaped flowers (and their bloated buds) of 'Fuji White' appear through summer atop stems clad with paired or whorled blue-green leaves. Severed stems bleed a milky sap. 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. Flower stems may need staking. Deadhead to promote extended bloom. This perennial makes a fine foreground plant for mixed borders. It is also suitable for rock gardens and containers.

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

    24"-30" / 61.0cm - 76.2cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • 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