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).

Lamium purpureum
Lamium purpureum Labiatae
Biennial herbs native to Europe and came to Japan in Mid-Meiji period and often found in Tokyo area. In Mt. Takao, found on roadside near residential areas. Flowers are about 1 cm long, tubular lip-shaped and like a smaller version of lamium album L.var.barbatum. Bloom light purple flowers from petioles of opposite leaves on tips of stems. Leaves are about 1..5 to 3 cm long and oval-shaped with toothed margins and have distinct net-like appearance leave veins. Leaves are in clusters on upper parts of the plants and red-purplish. Normally found in clusters covering the ground with light purple flowers even though flowers are not large. Become large clusters on rich soils like idle farmlands where people rarely come in.

●Season  March to about May
●Height  about 10 to 25 cm
●Place  Trail 1, Trail 3, Trail 5, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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