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).

Petasites japonicus(Japanese Butterbur)
Petasites japonicus(Japanese Butterbur) Compositae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found on slopes and at forest edges near streams in mountains. In early spring, flower stems (only bloom flowers without leaves) grow before stems grow. This is called Fukino-to, an edible flower bud of Japanese butterbur and a popular wild plants for nice bitter taste. Is widely known for serving tempura or marinated. Flowers are both male and female flowers. Female flowers are white, stems grow after pollinated and seeds with hair resembling the ones of dandelions are flown away by winds. Male flowers are yellow and wither after flowering. Stems grow underground and grow horizontally. After flowering, leaves grow from the underground stems. Leaves are 15 to 30 cm long and petioles are 60 cm long. Leaves are also served boiled or stir-fried.

●Season March to about May
●Height about 10 to 25 cm
●Place Trail 1, Trail 4 to 6, Jyataki, Ura-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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