Platycodon grandiflora
Balloon Flower, Jie-Geng

Platycodon grandiflora, Balloon Flower, Jie-Geng

Star-shaped, blue-violet flowers bloom all summer long on this hardy perennial. Platycodon has become one of our favorites for its sheer beauty as well as its response to simple care. We start it early in the greenhouse so it has some size when we set it out. It blooms and makes seed the first year. Unusually cold resistant, we have never had it die out. The edible root is often used in soups in Korean cuisine.
Grow specs:
1-3 feet. Average garden soil. Full sun.

Traditionally, Platycodon has been used to treat many different ailments affecting the lungs. Uses include sore throat, coughs, bronchitis, heaviness in the chest, laryngitis, pleurisy, chest pain and tonsillitis. Thinking of it on an energetic level, the plant is inspirational.   (Photo © Steven Foster)

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