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Balloon flower-Chinese bellflower pictures

Balloon Flower - Platycodon or Chinese bellflower is a beautiful garden perennial, often seen in borders. The buds of the balloon flower inflate like a small air balloon, before they open, that's where its name comes from.
Its beautiful, star shaped bloom are in various colors: blue, white or pink.
Balloon flower-Chinese bellflower
The balloon flower's roots have medicinal uses too as anti-inflammatory and expectorant.
Platycodon Grandiflorus - balloon flower

8 comments:

LC said...

Lovely photos of the balloon flowers... ours are past here in the mid-west, and missed , might I add... L

Indrani said...

Interesting name! :)
Beautifully captured shot, and love the info given.

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

This is a beautiful flower. I have seen it many times before, but didn't know the name! Thanks Maia.

Splendid Little Stars said...

such a beautiful flower! I didn't know it had medicinal purposes.

Mumsy said...

I like these flowers, especially when they are still in the balloons stage!

Thank you for your words of comfort, MaiaT. It's the best medicine for now!

bfarr said...

These are gorgeous and interesting.

Poetic Shutterbug said...

These are exquisite flowers and you've captured their beauty so well.

leavesnbloom said...

I grow this flower and prefer the blue colour - kids love to pop the little balloon heads.

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