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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink' - Balloon Flower (photo credit: Missouri Botanical Garden)

Perennials

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink'

Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus, commonly called balloon flower, is a clump-forming perennial that is so named because its flower buds puff up like balloons before bursting open into outward-to-upward-facing, bell-shaped flowers with five pointed petals. 

Platycodon ‘Astra Pink’ is a compact cultivar that produces bright pink flowers singly or in small clusters atop stems throughout the summer. Excellent branching.

Balloon Flower Growing and Maintenance Tips:

Best grown in light, medium moisture, organically rich, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Avoid wet or poorly-drained soils. Plants are easily grown from seed. Division and transplanting are possible but tricky because of the fragile, fleshy root systems of these plants, and it is probably best to leave plants undisturbed once established. Deadheading spent flowers generally prolongs the bloom period. Leave old plant stems in place throughout winter until new growth first appears to help mark plant locations. 

Height:

6-12 in

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Spread:

6-8 in

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Hardiness Zone:

3 - 8

Characteristics & Attributes for Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink'

Exposure
Sun
Partial Shade
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Summer
Attributes
Edging
Specimen
Border or Bed
Container
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