A hardy perennial with a long history in Chinese medicine, balloon flower is often grown just for the attractiveness of its flowers.
- Low growing garden perennial
- Bell shaped bright blue flowers
- Medicinal uses
- Easy to grow
Although a medicinal herb in other countries, in the UK it is grown more for its attractiveness in the garden. The unopened petals of the flower strongly resemble a hot air balloon and because it is easy to look after, it makes a great choice for children to grow.
- Height: 10-30cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Blue
- Flowering period: July - August
This striking little herb doesn't grow very tall and tends to come up reliably each year. It likes a soil that doesn't dry out in summer and will grow in full sun and partial shade and in very hot summers enjoys a little shade during the hottest part of the day. It spreads slowly in the ground to form a nice patch or can be grown successfully in a container.
Native to East Asia the roots of balloon flower, known as jie geng, have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years to treat coughs, sore throats and the respiratory system. The root can be dried and then simmered in water to make a herbal tea after its second year.
The roots are widely used in Korea for culinary dishes such as soups and pickles and in Japan the young leaves are added to salads.
The root can be dried and then simmered in water to make a herbal tea after its second year.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.