Platycodon • Balloon Flower • キキョウ • 桔梗 • kikyō
Finally caught the last of the Seven Plants of Autumn: ballon flower/Kikyo. Five of the Japanese seven plants of autumn are planted in the S bed of Azumaya (the missing two are: 1) Kuzu/Japanese arrowroot – for obvious reason of being incredibly invasive in our climate and 2) Nadeshiko/large pink – not sure why omitted, as it grows well here).
Kikyo grows in Area T, which is bordering with the orchard south of it, and in our environment it starts blooming in July (hardly autumn)…
From wikipedia: Platycodon grandiflorus (from Greek “πλατυκώδων”, meaning a broad bell) is a species of herbaceous flowering perennial plant of the family Campanulaceae, and the only member of its genus. It is native to East Asia (China, Korea, Japan and East Siberia). This species is known as platycodon or Chinese bellflower. Depending upon the region, it is also referred to as the Japanese bellflower, common balloon flower, or balloon flower (referring to the balloon-shaped flower buds). […]
Description: Growing to 60 cm (24 in) tall by 30 cm (12 in) wide, it is an herbaceous perennial with dark green leaves and blue flowers in late summer. A notable feature of the plant is the flower bud which swells like a balloon before fully opening. The five petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base, like its relatives, the campanulas. There are varieties with white, pink and purple blooms in cultivation. In Korea, white flowers are more common. This plant together with its cultivars ‘Apoyama group' and ‘Mariesii' have gained the Royal Horticultural Society’s Award of Garden Merit. […]
In Japan: The Japanese bellflower is called kikyō (桔梗) in Japanese. Traditionally, it is one of the Seven Autumn Flowers. In addition, the “Bellflower Seal” (桔梗紋 kikyōmon?) is the crest (kamon) of some clans.
“Ōta Kikyō” is another variant used by the Ōta clan.
From ImmortalGeisha: Kikyo refers to Chinese bellflower or balloon flower (Platycodon grandiflorus). Kikyo is a wildflower which blooms in the late summer into the autumn. In the wild it is usually purple. Domesticated varieties can also be white or pink. Before opening, the buds resemble a balloon and after opening, the petals form a distinct bell shape.
Kikyo’s root has a long history of being used as an anti-inflammatory in traditional Chinese medicine.
Kikyo is also sometimes called rindo, not to be confused with the imaginary flower, sasarindo, which combines attributes of kikyo and sasa, bamboo leaves. […]