Bellflowers are herbaceous perennials.
Other Names: Chinese Bellflower, Platycodon
Grandiflorus, Platycodon, Japanese Bellflower,
Common Balloon Flower,
Descriptions: Unopened balloon flowers
resemble hot-air balloons, for which they are
named. When they bloom balloon flowers have cup-like
star shaped blossoms.
Size: Balloon flowers will grow from 1
foot tall to 3 feet tall.
Symbolism: Balloon flowers symbolize unchanging
love, honesty and obedience.
Grow Details: Balloon flowers are hardy
perennials that are easy to grow and care for.
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil PH: Neutral PH from 6.8-7.7
Water: Can tolerate moderate drought
Light: Full Sun or Part Shade
Grow Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8,
Height: Balloon flowers grow from
1 to 3 feet tall.
Flower Colors: Pink, Blue-Violet,
Propagation: Through Division or
Seeding in Spring
Division/Transplants: Division in
Blooming Period: Summer
Herbal Remedy Properties: The root of
the balloon flower is used used extensively as
an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of coughs
and colds. Balloon flowers roots are used as an
expectorant, it loosens phlegm, stops cough, is
effective for sore throats, lung abscess, and
loss of voice.
Native Area: Balloon flowers are native
to east Asia and Turkey.
Other: In Korea the balloon flower root
is used fresh or dried in salads.