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Astra Pink Balloon Flower*

Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink'

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Astra Pink Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink') at Plants Unlimited

Astra Pink Balloon Flower flowers

Astra Pink Balloon Flower flowers

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Astra Pink Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus 'Astra Pink') at Plants Unlimited

Astra Pink Balloon Flower in bloom

Astra Pink Balloon Flower in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  9 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Description:

Balloon-like buds swell and open in the garden to large, bell-shaped pink flowers with clearly defined darker veins; an excellent bedding or container plant

Ornamental Features

Astra Pink Balloon Flower has masses of beautiful pink bell-shaped flowers with hot pink veins at the ends of the stems from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its serrated pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Astra Pink Balloon Flower is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Astra Pink Balloon Flower is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Astra Pink Balloon Flower will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 9 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Astra Pink Balloon Flower is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Rock  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers 
Ornamental Features

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