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Polygara japonica / Himehagi ヒメハギ

Bloom time:April-July

Polygalaceae /


Species in the genus Polygara:

Polygara japonica / Himehagi
Polygala tatarinowii  / Hinanokinchaku 


Polygara japonica / Himehagi ヒメハギ

Polygara japonica is a perennial herb inhabiting sunny fields and mountains with haired stems. The stems crawl on the ground and grow diagonally upward to around 10-20cm in height. Leave are alternate, in an oval to long-oblong shape, 1-3cm in length, with short petioles and pointed tips. Axils on the upper parts of the stems emerge short racemes with purple-tinged flowers shaped like a butterfly. Sepals are 5 in number; petaloid side-sepals are oval to oblong, 6mm long, and purple, enhancing after the flower to 1cm, becoming green. Petals, 3, are connate at the bases, and one cut itself in at the tips. Bloom time: April-July.




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