Frost flower of Shimobashira, Keiskea japonia

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Frost flower is blooming from stems of Keiskea japonia, Japanese name Shimo-bashira, which belongs to sage family.

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonia blooms cluster of white flowers in autumn, turn into winter, live roots supply to stems and thin layers of ice are extruded from stems in cold early morning.

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Frost flower can be seen only early morning in cold winter. I found them in Shakujii park. These flowers were vanished just after sun rise.

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

he plant is loved by Showa Emperor, who was also a botanist. This flower is an endemic species of Japan and named by famous Japanese botanist Prof. Keisuke Ito.

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

Keiskea japonica/ シモバシラ/ 霜柱、霜華

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