Balloon Flower


Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus 15-40" tall. In mid- to late summer, fascinating balloon-like buds burst into royal blue bell-shaped flowers delicately set upon upright stems above the foliage. Makes a nice cutflower. Clump-forming.

Called jie geng in China and is widely used in Chinese medicine. Roots have astringent and expectorant properties making it a common remedy for cough, sore throats, lung and skin conditions. Roots of plants 2-3 years old are harvested in the spring or autumn, peeled and used fresh or dried. Correct dosage is important so consult your local herbalist if you intend to use as an herbal remedy.

Plant in full sun to part shade in cool, moist, well-drained soil. Emerges slowly in spring. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)

766 Balloon Flower
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Additional Information

Herbaceous Medicinals

These plants have long histories of traditional medicinal use. It’s up to you to educate yourself about the safety and efficacy of using plants for medicinal purposes. The statements in our catalog regarding traditional medicinal uses of plants have not been evaluated by the FDA. The plants we sell are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Plants may take a year or more to establish before they flower; roots often take several years to reach harvestable maturity.

When you receive your order, open the bags and check the stock. Roots and crowns should be firm and pliable. If they are slightly dry, add a little water or, if they are going to be potted up soon, wet the roots. Generally, a little surface mold is harmless and will not affect the plant’s future performance. If you cannot pot them up immediately, store them in a cool (35–40°) location for a short time.

Do not plant bare-root perennial plant crowns directly outdoors.

Pot up the rootstock using well-drained potting mix in a deep 6" pot or a 1-gallon container. Avoid coiling the roots in under-sized containers.
Grow newly potted perennials for a few weeks in a protected location in indirect light at 50–60°. Wet and/or cold conditions for an extended period may cause rotting.
Transplant outside once they show some top growth and the danger of frost has passed.

For more info:
About planting bare-root perennials.