Balloon FlowerPlatycodon grandiflorus 15-40" tall. In mid- to late summer, fascinating balloon-like buds burst into royal blue bell-shaped flowers delicately set upon upright stems above the foliage. Makes a nice cutflower. Clump-forming.
Called jie geng in China and is widely used in Chinese medicine. Roots have astringent and expectorant properties making it a common remedy for cough, sore throats, lung and skin conditions. Roots of plants 2-3 years old are harvested in the spring or autumn, peeled and used fresh or dried. Correct dosage is important so consult your local herbalist if you intend to use as an herbal remedy.
Plant in full sun to part shade in cool, moist, well-drained soil. Emerges slowly in spring. MOFGA-certified organic, grown at Ripley Farm. Z3. Maine Grown. (bare-root crowns)
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