Balloon Flower (Platycodon)

Balloon Flower Plant Features

The pure blue flowers of balloon flower are a welcome sight in the late summer. This easy-care perennial gets its common name from its balloon-like buds that swell up just before they open. Balloon flower grows 12 to 20 inches high and looks great in rock gardens, mixed borders, or cutting gardens. Besides blue, balloon flower is also available in white and pink varieties. Once established, balloon flower is a long-lived, deer-resistant perennial that you can rely on for many years. Hardy from zones 3-8.

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Balloon Flower Growing Instructions

Plant balloon flower in a sunny or partially sunny location. The plants like a rich, well drained soil that doesn't remain mucky after storms. If you need to transplant balloon flower do it while the plants are young. Balloon flower develops a long taproot making it difficult to move once it matures.

Balloon Flower is not intended for human or animal consumption.
  • Water

    Medium water needs

  • Light

    Outside: Part sun

    Outside: Sun

  • Colors




  • Special Features

    Deer/rabbit resistant

    Super-easy to grow

Complement your Balloon Flower

Black-Eyed Susan
Black Eyed Susan and Balloon Flower are a pretty combination.

Creeping Jenny
The blue blooms of Balloon Flower are especially stunning when paired with the chartreuse foliage of Creeping Jenny.

Coneflower and Balloon Flower bloom well together in the late summer.

Our favorite varieties

Astra Pink Balloon Flower

Astra Pink Balloon Flower

Platycodon ‘Astra Pink’

A balloon flower with more! This well-branched pink balloon flower has rich color and long-lasting blooms. Ideal for hanging baskets and containers ‘Astra Pink’ grows 6 to 12 inches tall and 6 to 8 inches wide. Zones 4-9.

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower

Sentimental Blue Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Sentimental Blue'

Sentimental Blue balloon flower shows off summertime, star-shaped lavender-blue flowers. This compact variety grows 14 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Zones 3-8

Astra Blue Balloon Flower

Astra Blue Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Blue'

Astra Blue balloon flower offers big blue, star-shaped flowers in summer. It grows 12 inches tall and 10 inches wide. Zones 3-8