Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Balloon Flower - Kid Friendly Plants

Kid-Friendly Plants

Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflora

Zone: 3 - 9

The Balloon Flower gets it's name from the round shape of it's flower before it opens up, which looks like a balloon! They are round until the flower gets ready to open, then it has 2 inch blooms that opens to 5 points. It is a Perennial, and likes Sun with a little shade from hot Summer afternoons. It has bright Blue flowers and blooms in late Spring or Summer. The Balloon Flower can grow up to 2 feet tall. Some other types have pink or white flowers. It looks good in borders and rock gardens.