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 album var. barbatum
Lamium album var. barbatum Labiatae
Perennial herbs found at half-shady shrubs along streams and forest edges and also on roadside in flatlands. Have clusters of tubular flowers at upper parts of stems on petioles and about 3 cm long. The Japanese name Odoriko-so literally meaning dancers plant was named after the flower shape resembling a dancer with a straw hat. Lower petals split in three and the middle one is large and long providing insects including bees a place to feed on nectar. The color of flowers is white, light yellow or pink and in Mt. Takao, white ones are often found. Leaves are oval-shape with pointed tip and 5 to 10 cm. Edges are toothed margins. Stems are square in cross-section with long hair at nodes.

●Season  Late April to about Mid May
●Height  about 30 to 50 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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