Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus

Also known as Korean bellflower, Chinese bellflower, Japanese bellflower, and common balloon flower.

Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

The balloon flower is an herbaceous perennial with dark green leaves and blue flowers in late summer. A notable feature of the plant is the flower bud which swells like a balloon before fully opening. The five petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base. (Thanks to Wikipedia.)

The Garden Guides website has more complete information about the plant. Here is a sample…

The upward-facing flowers bloom throughout the summer and into early fall in shades of blue, pink and white. The plants form a low, neat mound and bear 2- to 3-inch cuplike blossoms accented with delicate purple veins and yellow stamens. Balloon flowers are a cottage garden standard, and they are excellent for cutting. To make the flowers last in the vase, sear the stems with a match or candle flame immediately after cutting.

Here is a photo of the bud in its “balloon” state:

Balloon Flower Buds

Balloon Flower Buds
Thanks to WikiNut website

I did not capture the photo of the buds (above). That photo is courtesy of the WikiNut website.

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