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Platycodon grandiflorus (meaning a broad bell in Greek) 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. It is also referred to as the Korean bellflower, Chinese bellflower, Japanese bellflower, common balloon flower, or balloon flower (referring to the balloon-shaped flower buds).
The root of this species is used extensively as an anti-inflammatory in the treatment of coughs6 and colds. In Korea its root, either dried or fresh, is a popular ingredient in salads and traditional cuisine. The Chinese bellflower is also used in traditional Chinese medicine.