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).

Prunella vulgaris ssp. asiatica
Prunella vulgaris ssp. asiatica Labiatae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny grasslands and on roadside. Have white hair on the entire body and grow by extending runners (branches grow along the ground). Have 3 to 8 cm long tubular and many flowers create cylindrical shaped flower spike and bloom blue-purple flowers. Flowers are 1..5 to 2 cm long, upper petals nodding, lower petal lobed in three and center petal with toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). Calyx is pinnate in five with pointed tip. Leaves are 2 to 5 cm elongated oval-shaped. The Japanese name Utsubo-gusa literally meaning arrow case plant was named because the flower of shape resembles elongated arrow case called utsubo in Japanese. It is also called as Kako-so literally meaning plant die off in summer because brown dead flower remains upright. Dried flower is roasted and used to curative medicine for diuretic effects.

●Season  Mid June to about Early August
●Height  about 20 to 30 cm
●Place  Trail 5, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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