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).

Dianthus superbus var. longicalycinus
Dianthus superbus var. longicalycinus Caryophyllaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny grasslands in mountains. Is one of seven autumn herbs. This plant is simply called dianthus and flowers are very cute that ones want to care for and often found on riverbeds, hence the Japanese name Kawara-nadeshiko endearing flowers on riverbed. Flowers are 4 to 5 cm in diameter, have five petals. Color of flowers is mostly red-purple but varies from deep to light color. Tips of flowers split like threads and have space in between petals and have beards-like hair at the base. Have three to four paired bracts at the base of calyx tube around flowers. Leaves are 3 to 10 cm long, 0.4 to 1 cm width, elongated with pointed tip, powdery white, opposite and cover stems with the lower parts of leaves.

●Season  Mid July to about Mid September
●Height  about 30 to 80 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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