Commonly known as balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus), this perennial produces puffed-up buds that open into purple-blue flowers in mid- to late summer, with scattered rebloom in autumn. The blooms of this strain, ‘Axminster Streaked’, are speckled and streaked with varying amounts of white. It may also produce some predominantly white flowers with purple spots or streaks. The foliage turns yellow, sometimes shaded with maroon, in fall. Plants may flower the first year if started indoors in spring, at a rather sprawling 12 to 18 inches tall. Established plants usually reach about 3 feet tall, with stronger, more upright stems. Full sun to partial shade. Zones 3 or 4 to 8.
Interested in the origins of this unique strain? It was discovered by Lynda Windsor of RD Plants in Devon, U.K., in 1990. Here is the story: New Platycodon. I have been growing it since 2008, from seed acquired through a seed exchange.
Harvested in September and October 2021. At least 20 seeds.
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