May 7, 2013

Kodemai (Spiraea cantoniensis) flowers in Engaku-ji

In the height of spring, the tiny white flowers of Kodemari are blooming cutely in the form of the chains of spherical flower clusters.

The diameter of this flower is less than 1 cm. The name "Kodemari" means a "small handball" because the inflorescence of this plant looks like toy handballs for little girls.

This flower is often arranged in tea ceremonies as one of the typical spring flowers which symbolize this youthful season of the year.

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