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).

Salvia nipponica
Salvia nipponica Labiatae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found under tree shades and streamside in mountains. The Japanese name Kibana-aki-kiri literally meaning yellow flower autumn empress tree was named because it blooms flower in autumn resembling the flower of empress tree. There are many flowers resembles flowers of empress trees but this plant have yellow flower. Leaves are hastate shaped like a spearhead with flaring pointed lobes at the base. Length is 5 to 10 cm with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Flowers are 2..5 to 3..5 cm and bloom many flowers in tiers create 10 to 20 cm long flower spikes. The upper petal straight up and lower petal lobed in three and pistil protrude long from the center of petals because this makes it easier to put pollen to the back of insects come for nectar. When insects stick their head in the flower, anther with pollen tilt downward.

●Season  Early September to about Mid October
●Height  about 20 to 40 cm
●Place  Trail 4, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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