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Balloon flower

Flower
Family Campanulaceae
Name Platycodon grandiflorus
Common Name Balloon flower
Featured Plant May 2005
Etymology
Platycodon From Greek platys meaning broad, and Greek kodona meaning bell, referring to the shape of the flowers.
grandiflorus From Latin grandis meaning great, and Latin flora meaning flowers.

  See also:  Ornamentals, Culture / Germination

Balloon flower is a hardy Summer flowering perennial, so named because its buds swell up, looking like a balloon before opening. The intense blue flowers are 4 inches across. Looks great when planted with baby's breath in the back of the perennial garden.


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