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Scientific Name: Platycodon grandiflorus 'Apoyama'
Alternative Names: Chinese Bellflower

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Platycodon grandiflorus 'Apoyama'
Platycodon grandiflorus 'Apoyama'
Platycodon grandiflorus 'Apoyama'


  • Perennial
  • Erect, clump-forming perennial with thick roots and ovate, toothed leaves.
  • Bears large inflated five-petaled, bell-shaped deep purple flowers in summer.
  • Hardy - dies back in cold areas and grow out again in spring.
  • Needs well-drained soil, full sun or light dappled shade.

Culinary Uses

  • Condiment in Japanese food - is one of the seven herbs used to flavor Japanese sake.
  • Roots are eaten raw in salads, added to soups as a tonic vegetable, peeled and pickled or preserved in sugar.

Parts Used

  • The root of plants 2 - 3 years old, are harvested in spring or autumn, peeled and used fresh or dried.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Ancient Chinese medicine that is widely used today in Chinese patent remedies.
  • Root is also made into a cough tablet.
  • The root contains saponins and is anthelmintic, anti-asthmatic, astringent, carminative, expectorant, haemolytic, hypoglycaemic, sedative, stomachic, tonic and vermifuge.
  • It lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels in the liver and inhibits the release of histamine.
  • Internally: treats coughs with profuse phlegm, colds, bronchitis, pleurisy, pulmonary abscesses and throat infections.
  • It is also used to treat hypertension and diabetes in Korea.
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