Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt Takao is located at the borderline of warm-temperature zone and cool-temperature zone and various plants from both zones grow. There are a lot of naturally grown plants and their visitors can enjoy seasonal flowers. Over 1,500 kinds of plants are confirmed which is relevant to the number of kinds naturally grow in England. Also, over 60 kinds of plants are first found in Mt. Takao such as Takao Sumire (V. yezoensis f. discolor) and Takao Higodai (Saussurea sinuatoides).

Wasabia tenuis
Wasabia tenuis Cruciferae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet areas near streams with many pebbles. Is an earliest blooming flower in early spring. After leaves wither, the base of stem swell and remain which resembles the bulbs of lilies (lily bulb, but it is actually fleshy leaf with nutrients), hence the Japanese name Yuri-wasabi literally meaning lily wasabi. The entire plants are a smaller sized wasabi (Japanese horseradish). Whereas wasabi stems grow upright, this plant stems grow along the ground. Bloom many white cross-shaped flowers and1 cm in diameter. Leaves are heart-shaped with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Leaves grow near a root is larger and become smaller as it goes up. Leaves and rhizomes have a spicy taste like wasabi.

●Season Mid March to Late April
●Height about 10 to 30cm
●Place Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao, Minami-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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