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).

Adenophora divaricata
Adenophora divaricata Campanulaceae
Perennial herbs found in dry forest edge and grassland. Japanese name Fukushima-shajin literally meaning Fukushima prefecture herbal plant was named because it was first found in Fukushima prefecture. Flowers are tubular dropping bell-shaped and about about 2 cm long. Flower stalks randomly grow from tips of stems and bloom light purple flowers drooping down from the stalks. Five lobed flowers open like a bell. Flowers resemble adenophora triphylla in the same family. The difference is the calyx, thin needle-like shape for adenophora triphylla, and this flower’s ones are rather wide. Leaves are long oval-shaped, about 5 to 8 cm long and in whorls of three or four. Leaves are large at the base and become smaller as they grow tall. Both sides of the leaves have soft hair and longer on the reverse side. After flowering, bear fruits when ripe.

●Season  Mid-August to about Early September
●Height  about 60 cm to 1 m
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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