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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Balou Blue’
Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Balou Blue’
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Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Balou Blue’

Dwarf Balloon Flower

USDA Zone: 3-9

Plant number: 1.425.220

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 purple-blue blossoms. The short habit of this variety makes it an 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. Blooms well right from the first year. Bred and introduced by Kieft Seeds of the Netherlands.

Further details for
Platycodon grandiflorus ‘Balou Blue’

Optimal Growing
Appearance and
Sun Exposure
  Full Sun
Soil Type
  Normal or
  Sandy or
Soil pH
  Neutral or
  Alkaline or
Soil Moisture
  Average or
Care Level
Flower Colour
  Deep Blue
Blooming Time
  Early Summer
  Mid Summer
  Late Summer
Foliage Color
  Deep Green
Plant Uses & Characteristics
  Accent: Good Texture/Form
  Alpine & Rock
  Deer Resistant
   20-25 cm
   8-10 inches
   25-30 cm
   10-12 inches
Foot Traffic
Growth Rate
Disclaimer: This information is presented for reference only. This plant is not currently part of our Heritage Perennials lineup.