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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Mariesii'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Balloon Flower

Interesting balloon-like buds burst open into splendid violet-blue, bell-shaped flowers. 'Mariesii' is a very reliable bloomer that is pest and disease free.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  12-24 Inches
Spread:
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
Find Your Zone
Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Midsummer
How's your soil?:
  Poor Soil
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting

Awards:

  Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit 1993

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Platycodons are easy, trouble-free perennials that thrive in almost any soil as long as it is well-drained. They can easily adapt to grow in either full sun or part shade. Be patient in the spring, as this genus is slow to emerge. Cut the whole plant back after the first hard frost.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Phlox paniculata 'Tenor'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Gypsophila 'Compacta Plena'
Common Name: Baby's Breath
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Achillea millefolium 'Paprika'
Common Name: Yarrow
3,4,5,6,7,8
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.