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.
Seasonal Use, Exceptions & Pairings
Kikyo blooms in late summer and is one of the traditional seven autumn grasses.
Common Motif Pairings
- Some or all of the other seven autumn grasses
Identification & Style Variations
Kikyo is commonly depicted as having five petals. It is common for it to be mistaken for ume or sakura because of this. Kikyo is almost always depicted as growing off of a straight stalk, unlike ume or sakura and its petals come to a point.
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