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).

Clinopodium chinense var. parviforum
Clinopodium chinense var. parviforum Labiatae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny grasslands and on roadside in mountains. Stems are square cross-sectional and grow upright with hair facing downward. Flowers bloom covering at the tips of stems or petioles of leaves resembling wheels, hence the Japanese name Kuruma-bana literally meaning wheel flower. Flowers are 0.8 to 1 cm long, bright red-purple and lower petals are larger than the upper ones. Lower petal is lobed in three and has red spots in the center of flowers. Calyx is red-purple with hair. Leaves are 3 to 7 cm long, 1..5 to 4 cm width, elongated egg-shaped and opposite. Have hair along the leaf veins on the back of leaves toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Have 1 cm long petioles.

●Season  Late July to about Mid September
●Height  about 20 to 80 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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