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Platycodon Grandiflorus Bell Balloon Flower Seeds
Packet of 50+ home grown seeds!
This ornamental and medicinal species is commonly known as ballonblume, ballonklokje, ballonklokke, balloon flower, catcanh, Chinese balloon flower, Chinese bellflower, Chinese bell flower, Chinese lantern, doraji, doraji, großblutige ballonblume, jalokello, Japanese bellflower, jie geng, jie geng, kikyo, ling dang hua, Platycodon a grandes fleures, praktklocka, toraji, and it is also known by the synonyms Campanula gentianoides, Campanula glauca, Campanula grandiflora, Platycodon autumnalis, Platycodon chinensis, Platycodon glaucus, Platycodon glaucus f. albiflorus, Platycodon glaucus f. albus, Platycodon glaucus f. bicolor, Platycodon glaucus f. subasepalus, Platycodon glaucus f. violaceus, Platycodon glaucus var. monanthus, Platycodon glaucus var. pentapetalus, Platycodon glaucus var. planicorollatus, Platycodon glaucus var. rugosus, Platycodon glaucus var. subasepalus, Platycodon grandiflorus, Platycodon grandiflorus f. albiflorus, Platycodon grandiflorus f. bicolor, Platycodon grandiflorus f. leucanthus, Platycodon grandiflorus f. monanthus, Platycodon grandiflorus f. subasepalus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. albus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. autumnalis, Platycodon grandiflorus var. duplex, Platycodon grandiflorus var. glaucus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. japonicus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. mariesii, Platycodon grandiflorus var. pentapetalus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. planicorollatus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. rugosus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. semiplenus, Platycodon grandiflorus var. striatus, Platycodon leweri, Platycodon mariesii, Platycodon mariesii f. albonanus, Platycodon mariesii f. striatus, Platycodon mariesii var. albus, and Platycodon sinensis which is used commonly in the old medicinal text books.
A perennial herb with large amounts of saponins, it is used for abdominal pain, hypertension, diabetes and inflammatory diseases.
It is native to Russia and most of Asia and it has been spread pretty much everywhere because of its huge versatility.
The roots are used on a huge scale in Korea, China, and Japan for treating bronchitis, cough, colds, sore throat, tonsillitis, asthma, tuberculosis, and for clearing chest congestion.
It is a major ingredient in over the counter and prescription tablets, capsules and powders, and it’s considered carminative, expectorant, haemolytic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, anti-cholesterolemic, anti-phlogistic, antitussive, astringent, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge.
It is said to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, and it inhibits the release of histamine, one of the main chemicals released when an allergen triggers an allergic response.
The vermifuge effect of the herb is said to cure both intestinal worms and liver flukes.
It is also famed as a anti-cancer herb and studies show the saponins the plant contained slowed down the growth of cultured human tumor cells in laboratory studies.
In Korea is is one of the more common Namul vegetables, and it is also a common ingredient in bibimbap.
It is also cooked with rice to make doraji-bap, used in desserts like doraji-jeonggwa, mixed with rice wine to make liquors, or just made into tea.
When eaten as a vegetable the root is dug up, scrubbed clean, soaked in water, then scrubbed with sea salt to remove the bitter taste the saponiods cause.
This is normally done in large batches and repeated several times.
Here in Australia it is most commonly used as a pretty ornamental species and that’s what me and the Mrs grow it for.
Looks super cool with the balloon flower buds and when they open the range of pollinators that visit them is really huge.
Great little plant to have in the collection.
Grown by me and the Mrs, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!