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).

Geranium wilfordii
Geranium wilfordii Geraniaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in grasslands and at forest edges in mountains and fields. In Mt. Takao, found in areas along steams in Mt. Takao. The lower part of stems bent on the ground and the upper part grow upright. Have ground facing hair on leaves, stems and petioles. The Japanese name Mitsuba-furo has the word mitsuba meaning three leaves but it is actually one petal lobed deep in three. Leaves are 3 t o10 cm long and opposite. Flowers are light red-purple with red lines. Similar geranium thunbergii have sticky tentaculars that is different from this plant. Calyx with long hair is called Takao-furo named after Mt. Takao.

●Season  Late August to about Mid October
●Height  about 30 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 6, Oku-Takao, Kita-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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