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).

Ajuga nipponensis
Ajuga nipponensis Labiatae
Perennial herbs found in sunny and rather dry slopes and woods and often found in deforested slopes. The entire plants are covered by whitish hair. Bloom many flowers in tiers surrounding upright stems called flower spikes. This resembles ceremonial kimono in Heian period called jyuni-hitoe which is worn with layers of kimonos, hence the Japanese name Jyuni-hitoe. Flowers are lip-shaped, 1 cm long and white or light purple. The upper petal is a lot smaller than the lower petal. Leaves are about 3 to 5 cm long and 1..5 to 3 cm width, two to four opposite, oval-shape with pointed tip. The back of leaves is whitish and have wavy margins.

●Season  Mid April to about Late May
●Height  about 10 to 20 cm
●Place  Trail 2, Trail 5, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao, Minami-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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