Details of Medicinal Plants

Balloon Flower

Balloon Flower

Platycodon grandiflorus (Jacq.) A. DC. Campanulaceae

This perennial is native to East Asia. The plant height is 50 to 80 cm and the flowering period in Japan is June to August. Its bell-shaped flower is very popular and appears as a motif in family crests. Its presence in the wild has decreased and it is now listed as an endangered species in Japan.

Part used: root
Medicinal use: antitussive and expectorant
Main component: platycodin

Balloon flower, the English name, refers to the shape of the flower bud.

Hybrids with white or pink flowers were bread.

"Platycodon Root" is a dried root containing abundant saponin.