Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower, Japanese Bellflower 'Fuji White'

Platycodon grandiflorus

Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Platycodon (plat-ee-KO-don) (Info)
Species: grandiflorus (gran-dih-FLOR-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Fuji White



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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


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Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer



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Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kingfield, Maine

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Wayzata, Minnesota

Nixa, Missouri

Blair, Nebraska

Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Oostburg, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 29, 2007, aspenbooboo41 from Whitehall, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

Grows well in zone 6 in partial sun. Blooms profusely on first round in late July. Individual flowers don't last all that long, but there are so many of them that the plant is in bloom a long time. If deadheaded will rebloom in about mid Sept. My 'Fuji White' has about 95% pure white flowers, but does always have a few 'mutant' flowers that are splashed or streaked with purple (which is really interesting as they are always different).

Plant does usually require minimal staking to prevent sprawling. So far haven't found it prone to any pests or diseases.

Seed collecting is super-easy! Upon final bloom leave spent flowers on the plant until mostly dried out. This will take a few weeks, and you can tell when they are ready because they will shrink up s... read more