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).

Cirsium oligophyllum
Cirsium oligophyllum Compositae
Perennial herbs found on sunny hills, grassland and forest edge. Flowers are about 4 cm in diameter flower heads, facing up and red-purple. Bloom two to three flowers at the tips of long upright stems. Involucre surrounding flowers are like flower buds, tubular, dropping bell-shaped and about 1.5 to 2 cm long. Resemble cirsium japonicum bloom in spring, but their involucre is not mucilage and recurved like aculeus. Radical leaves remain during blooming season, sparsely grow, about 30 cm long and distinctly lobed. Leave veins are red-purple. After flowering, bear hairy seeds.

●Season  August to about Mid-October
●Height  about 50 cm to 1 m
●Place  Trail 2, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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