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).

Omphalodes japonica
Omphalodes japonica Boraginaceae
They are a perennial plant that grows at such humid places as along the mountain stream in the mountain area (Perennial plant takes several years to grow). We often see them a lot at the places like an almost collapsing bankside. The stalk that develops flowers extends on the ground like creeping to bear a big stub. They have such many small flowers on the top of it as they show up enough well though small in height. The flower is 1 cm in diameter with the flower petal split into 5. First, they are tinged with pale blue color, but after the peak they gradually turn into purple. The leaves and stems bear white trichome. Many large radical leaves (KON-SEI-YO: leaf spring up from the place about stalk root) about 12 to 15 cm long shoot and radially expand. The leaf is shoehorn-shaped with the edge rippling a little. The upper they sprout at, the smaller the leaves growing alike holding the stalk get. When the flowers wither, they enlarge the veins to develop a new stub.

●Season Early April to about Early May
●Height about 7 to 20 cm
●Place Trail 2 and 3, Ura-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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