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 japonicum(Japanese Thistle)
Cirsium japonicum(Japanese Thistle) Compositae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny roadside in mountains, riverbanks and grasslands. Bloom red-purple flowers facing upward on upright stems. Flowers are called flower head, many flowers bloom in clusters that looks like one flower from the distance. The size of flowers is 4 to 5 cm in diameter. Buds like parts covering flowers are called involucre and its tips are sticky. Leaves have sharp spines at edges. Many plants are in a cirsium genus and always difficult to identify each plant, however this is the only plant bloom from spring to summer. Azami (Cirsium) come from the word azamuku means to deceive because flowers are beautiful but leaves with spines.

●Season Early May to Late June
●Height about 60 cm to 1 m
●Place Trail 5, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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