Balloon Flower
Platycodon grandiflorus
Uses: Culinary/Medicinal Duration: Perennial (hardy in zones 4-9)
When to Sow: Spring/Late Summer/Early Fall Ease of Germination: Easy
(Chinese bellflower; Jie geng ) As its name suggests, the buds resemble balloons just before bursting open, flaring out with bundles of star-shaped blue-purple flowers that appear mid-late summer. Native to East Asia, the balloon flowers roots are used in Chinese medicine to resolve symptoms of respiratory tract infections; also eaten as a vegetable in Korean and Japanese dishes. Sow into moist, well-draining, slightly acidic loam. Seeds need stratification and light for germination, so following a chill cycle, lightly press seeds into the ground, allowing sunlight to penetrate. Locate in full sun to partial shade; non-invasive and deer resistant. Ht 4-20in; Spread 4-20in.
P1237 Plants $6.95/ea, $18.75/3 plants, $66.60/12 plants
Currency: United States Dollar

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