Jié Gĕng (Platycodi Radix), Balloon Flower

This Chinese medicinal plant looks quite happy at its urban home in the mid-Atlantic. See the balloons?

The root is used  for “shao yang” level disease manifesting as heat above with sore throat or acne. Of course, I can’t harvest a useful quantity, so I just grow it for fun.

We have a few more medicinals in the garden. Look for the little green signs at ground level when you come by for your appointment.