June 2, 2011

Iwatabako (Conandron ramondioides) flowers in Kencho-ji

The tiny and delicate flowers of Iwatabako are beginning to bloom on the shady rock face.

This little purple flower (about 2cm in diameter) is notable as the flower of June in Kita-kamakura as well as a colorful flower of Ajisai (hydrangea).

"Iwa-tabako" means "rock tobacco" because its leaves look like those of tobacco plants and grows on rock surface.

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