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 japonica
Ajuga japonica Labiatae
Perennial herbs found on forest floor and at forest edges near streams. Grow thin stems called runner and hug the ground. Rarely seen it alone. Flowers are light purple, tubular lip-shaped and 2..5 cm long. Bloom at the tips of upright stems from the base of leaves. Leaves are slightly pinnate like a heart-shaped with roughly toothed margins. Length is 2 to 5 cm and opposite. The Japanese name Ougi-kazura literally meaning fan-shaped vine was named because the shape of leaves is fan-shaped and spread runner like kudzu vine in fabaceae family after flowering.

●Season  Late April to about Late May
●Height  about 8 to 20 cm
●Place  Trail 6, Oku-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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