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).

Valeriana flaccidissima
Valeriana flaccidissima Valerianaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in wet tree shades and at streamside in mountains. The Japanese name Tsuru-kanoko-so literally meaning vine fawn plants was named because the shape of flowers from above resemble kanoko-shibori, a cloth dyed in a dapple pattern and vine with sprouts grow after blooming. Soft and thick stem grow upright and bloom small white flowers at the tip. Flowers are light red right after blooming but gradually turn to white. Petals are lobed in five and stamens are not long. Leaves are pinnate with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Leaves in early spring are not pinnate and it looks like other plant. Bear fruits with hair like the seeds of dandelions.

●Season Early April to Mid May
●Height about 20 to 40 cm
●Place Trail 1 to 6, Mt. Inari, Jyataki, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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