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).

Chelidonicum japonica
Chelidonicum japonica Papaveraceae
Perennial herbs found on swampy forest ground. Normally found in clumps and is very appealing with them in bloom. The Japanese name Yamabuki-so was named after the shape of flower resembling yamabuki, Japanese kerria. This is also called as kusa-yamabuki literally meaning grass Japanese kerria. Flowers are about 5 cm in diameter with four petals but Japanese kerria have five petals. Texture is soft and the yellow sap ooze when stems are scratched. Five to seven small radical leaves grow from the base of the plant. The shape of leaves is egg-shaped to oval-shaped with toothed margins. Leaves on stems are in whirls of three. After flowering, bear 3 cm long elongated fruits and plants on the ground die off.

●Season  Late April to about Mid May
●Height  about 30 to 40 cm
●Place  Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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