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Balloon flowers (Platycodon grandiflorus) are often grown for their whimsical flower buds, but this plant is one tough cookie! The balloon flower is part of the easy growing Bellflower/Campanula family, and you will notice the resemblance right away.
The botanical name means “broad bell,” but the open flower is really more of a star shape. However, it’s the puffy bud that intrigues gardeners and entices them to grow this plant and that gives it its common name of “balloon flower.”