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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fuji Blue'

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 Blue

Synonym:Campanula glauca
Synonym:Platycodon glaucus
Synonym:Campanula grandiflora

One vendor has this plant for sale.

18 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CBLinRAL On Aug 27, 2012, CBLinRAL from Raleigh, NC wrote:

It is the end of August 2012 and the plant has just bloomed. It is located in a very shaded area in not so great soil which is dry most of the time. While the plant hasn't grown much it looks healthy. I'm in Raleigh, NC.

Positive birder17 On Nov 21, 2010, birder17 from Jackson, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

Love, love, love this plant! It has a beautiful blue color and goes with so many flowers. I have it with Carefree Beauty Rose, Apricot Daylily, and Spanish Eyes Black Eye Susan vine meandering around it: Beautiful! This plant is a "no care" plant. I originally had it in part shade and it was not very happy - moved it to full sun and it's done very well.
It will slowly spread through seed, but is easy to pull out the little ones you don't want. If you let the plants get big, then you almost have to use a shovel to get them out. The roots look kind of like white, crooked carrots.
It has nice yellow fall foliage so you get two seasons of interest. I cut mine down to about a 12 inches after the first round of blooms around June then, they re-bloom in August.
My soil has good drainage and gets watered probably once a month in the summer, but this plant will grow in poorer soil as well.

Positive kd2000 On Nov 17, 2007, kd2000 from toronto
Canada wrote:

Exquisite blue, does very well in my zone 4/5 garden, very erect strong stems fan out making a nice structural accent even when not in bloom. It has not required any special care. I have not had good luck with divisions or transplanting, but beautiful addition to the perrenial bed just the same.

Positive celtic_dolphin On Jan 6, 2007, celtic_dolphin from Boone, NC (Zone 4b) wrote:

I absolutely love balloon flowers, and this dwarf version was my first ever. I also found these at Home Depot - I purchased three plants six years ago, I have since divided and shared with family and friends. They have never failed to return each spring, and I live in a very cold climate - regardless of what the zip code says. I can't recommend this flower highly enough - they bloom, and bloom, and bloom!

Positive carrielamont On Oct 15, 2006, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

My favorite color of blue on sale at HD, so now we have them as a border. I wish they lasted longer in the season, but mine are all only 1 year old. We'll see how it goes. Showy and impressive in bloom!

Positive Hojean On Aug 3, 2003, Hojean wrote:

This plant grows in Crossett, Ar. I am interested in collecting seeds and growing it in my yard in Hamburg, AR.

Neutral Alyssa On Apr 17, 2003, Alyssa from Charlotte, NC wrote:

Will not bloom unless soil is kept consistantly moist.


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

Jáltipan De Morelos,
Camarillo, California
Fairfield, California
Huntington Beach, California
Merced, California
Windsor, California
Jacksonville, Florida
Lake City, Florida
Lutz, Florida
Buford, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Stone Mountain, Georgia
Villa Rica, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Chillicothe, Illinois
Warsaw, Indiana
Foxboro, Massachusetts
Middleboro, Massachusetts
Milton, Massachusetts
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Harrison, Michigan
Wayland, Michigan
Anoka, Minnesota
Hopkins, Minnesota
Isle, Minnesota
Waite Park, Minnesota
Fair Play, Missouri
Jackson, Missouri
Nixa, Missouri
Big Timber, Montana
Nashua, New Hampshire
Denville, New Jersey
Jamesburg, New Jersey
Morristown, New Jersey
Alden, New York
Chadbourn, North Carolina
Charlotte, North Carolina
Hickory, North Carolina
Warrensville, North Carolina
Dundee, Ohio
Wadsworth, Ohio
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Irving, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Cody, Wyoming

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