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).

Asarum caulescens
Asarum caulescens Aristolochiaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found on forest floor in mountains. Stems grow along the ground. Two heart-shaped opposite leaves open on the long petioles grow from the tip of stem. Three leaves of this plant are designed in the family crest of Tokugawa family. Is also used in the festival at Kamo Shrine in Kyoto, hence another name is kamo-aoi (aoi is the name of this leaf). Leaves are 4 to 8 cm long and have white short hair on both sides. Flowers are 1.5 cm in diameter and dropping bell-shaped. Have no petals and sepals are curved outward. The color of flowers is purplish brown with white on outside. Bloom only one flower from a petiole and often covered with leaves.

●Season Mid April to Mid May
●Height about 8 to 15 cm
●Place Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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