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).

Polygonatum falcatum
Polygonatum falcatum Liliaceae
They are perennial plant that grows at a sunny forest, grassland, and roadside (perennial plant takes several years to grow). From the curving stem like bow, numerous white tubular flowers are dangling. The scenery is similar to ‘Naruko’ which people hang from the rope to scare sparrow away in the rice field. This is how this plant is named. Flowers are dangling from the root of the leaf with 3 to 5 ones in one row, about 2 cm long, and the tip of the flower is dark green. The leaves are about 8 to 15 cm long, 1 to 2.5 cm wide, look like rather long and narrow bamboo grass. Leafstalk (Youhei) is short, grows alternate on the stalk with most of new leaves white-striped. Though they resemble the same group Polygonatum odoratum, the difference is good characteristic to distinguish from, such as lots of flowers and sphere-shaped smooth stalk.

●Season  Early May to about Early June
●Height  about 50 to 70 cm
●Place  Ura-Takao,Oku-Takao
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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