Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Plant of the Day: Platycodon grandiflorus

This neat-looking guy can be found at The Gardens in the Ireland Iris Garden. Platycodon grandiflorus, balloon flower, is from Japan and China. It gets its name because the unopened buds look like inflated balloons, clearly. They gently open wide in blue, but are also found in white and pink forms; great for kids, but they will want to to pop them and are always bummed they don't make any noise! They are excellent in the heat of the South with some afternoon shade and long-lived here, but a bit on the floppy side. Shorter cultivars do exist, but this isn't one of them.

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