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).

Astilbe thunbergii
Astilbe thunbergii Saxifragaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny forests and grasslands in mountains. Thick underground stems are reddish and bloom in flower spikes like cimicifuga simplex (DC.) wormsk. ex turcz in ranunculaceae family, hence the Japanese name Aka-shouma literally meaning red cimicifuga simplex (DC.) wormsk. ex turcz but they are not similar at all. Bloom 3 mm long small white flowers on thin and 10 to 25 cm long flower branches on upper part of stems. Radical leaves are ternate compound leaves, a set of three leaves divided into three branches. Have brown hair on long petioles. The shape of leaves is elongated and 4 to 10 cm long and 2 to 4 width and with pointed tip and toothed margins (edges of leaves are like a teeth of saw). After flowering, bear 3 mm long cylindrical shape with pointed tip fruits. Turns brown when ripen and pop seeds.

●Season  Mid June to about Mid July
●Height  about 40 to 80 cm
●Place  Trail 1 to 5, Mt. Inari, Ura-Takao, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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