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).

Hosta montana
Hosta montana Liliaceae
Perennial herbs (grow for several years from their same root system) found in forest edges or web grasslands. Radical leaves are large, 20 to 30 cm long, oval-shaped with pointed tip. On the back of leaves, leaf veins are distinct and there are some small protrusions. Soft young leaves are called Urui and can be eaten as tempura or marinated. Slightly sticky with bitter taste but needs to be careful of selecting as they are often mistaken by a poisonous plant called false helleborine in liliaceae. Flowers are tubular trumpet-like shape and 4 to 5 cm long. Have purple to white flowers on sides of long flower stems and bloom from the bottom ones. Bracts at the base of petals are greenish white. Leaves are large and the shape of buds is like an ornamental cap on a bridge post called giboshi, hence the Japanese name Ooba-gibousi literally meaning large ornamental cap.

●Season  Mid July to about Late August
●Height  about 50 to 90 cm
●Place  Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
もっと見る 閉じる