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).

Liriope minor
Liriope minor Liliaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in sunny grasslands in mountains. Grow runners by rooting at nodes and often found in clusters. Radical leaves (leaves grow from roots) grow randomly and grow upright 10 to 15 cm long flower stems (without any leaves). At the tip of flower stems, bloom several light purple flowers facing upward but some are white. Flowers are 1 cm in diameter with six oval-shaped flowers open flat. Leaves are elongated, 10 to 20 cm long, 2 to 3 mm width. Liriope muscari in the same family also have skinny leaves but the way flowers grow is different. After flowering, bear seeds like shiny fruits. Seeds are 4 to 6 mm in diameter spherical-shaped which is green at first and turns to black-purple when ripen.

●Season  Early July to about Early September
●Height  about 5 to 15 cm
●Place  Trail 5, Mt. Inari, Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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