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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Fairy Snow'

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Family: Campanulaceae (kam-pan-yew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Platycodon (plat-ee-KO-don) (Info)
Species: grandiflorus (gran-dih-FLOR-us) (Info)
Cultivar: Fairy Snow
Additional cultivar information: (Apoyama)

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Category:
Perennials

Height:
6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Herbaceous
Blue-Green

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Profile:

1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive wallaby1 On Dec 9, 2005, wallaby1 from Lincoln
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

I have grown these plants from seed, from Mr Fothergills. They take around 3 years to flower, making a small bulb, and have established well, this being their 3rd year of flowering. Best planted in groups of 3, they get better every year and are easy, the spot they are in is quite poor sandy soil, balloon flowers prefer to be very well drained.

This particular variety is strong stemmed and doesn't flop over, the flowers are large, at least 2.5" diameter, the blue veins tend to improve as the plant gets older. They make quite a lot of seed, tempted to sow some more, they are a great edge of the border filler. Mine are at the edge of rosa Rhapsody in Blue, a perfect companion.

Regional...

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

Chillicothe, Illinois
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Kalama, Washington



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