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).

Lycoris sanguinea
Lycoris sanguinea Amaryllidaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found at forest edges and grassland near streams in mountains. Grow long leaves in early spring but die in summer and only grow flower stems (flower stems without any leaves) and bloom three to five orange flowers. Leaves are elongated, 30 to 40 cm long. There are several theories the Japanese name Kitsuneno-kamisori literally meaning razor of fox come from, and one of them is that the way this plant looks, flowers bloom without any leaves are quite odd like being witched by a fox and elongated leaves resembling razor. Flowers are 5 to 7 cm in diameter and have six petals and bloom upward tilted. Similar lycoris sanguinea var. kiushiana (Makino) T. koyama have a long stamen protruded but the stamens and petals of this plant are about the same length. Is poisonous and cause vomiting or stomach ache when eaten by mistake.

●Season  Early August to about Early September
●Height  about 30 to 50 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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