October 21, 2012

Higan-bana (Lycoris radiata) flowers in Engaku-ji

The white flowers of Higan-bana are blooming quietly in the mellow illumination from the gentle October sun.

At the outset of autumn, its flower stalk having no leaf grows high above the ground and then five to seven slender flowers bloom sideways in a cyclic manner at the tip of the flower stalk.

Late in autumn, after such a flower scatters, deep green leaves appear and pass the winter. In spring, this plant disappears totally from view and live as a bulb in the ground until next autumn comes. 

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