The Bellflower (Platycodon grandiflora) is a perennial, herbaceous, flowering plat in the Campanulaceae family. It is also known as the Balloon Flower, Chinese Bellflower, and Platycodon.
It is native to East Asia.
It grows to 60 centimetres (24 inches) tall and 30 centimetres (12 inches) wide.
The leaves are dark-green, and about 5-12 centimetres (2-5 inches) long. When the stem is cut, white liquid seeps out.
The flowers are blue, but may be purple or white. The bud of the flower swells like a balloon before opening. The petals are fused together into a bell shape at the base.
The Bellflower blooms in late summer.
Photographed in Paris, France, August 2023
Photographer: Martina Nicolls