True to its common name, Balloon Flower, these inflated buds burst open into star-shaped pink blossoms. Pretty darn cool!
The strong stems of Fuji Pink will fill up with puffy, balloon shape buds, all season long and when they dramatically start popping open, they reveal shell pink flowers with darker pink veining. Keep pinching off the spent flowers and you will see balloons well into the fall. Easily grown and pest free, they are a must for every cottage garden or perennial border.
Balloon Flower is slow to emerge in the spring so care is needed to prevent accidentally digging it up. New plants may need a year or two to perform well and once planted it does not like to be moved. Stake the plants before they are flowering size because once they fall over, they usually break when straightened. Like Poppies they can be used as cut flowers however the stem must be seared with a flame before it is used in arrangements.