Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Morning glory 朝顔

Morning glory  朝顔

An annual climbing plant originally produced in Asia, morning glory blooms from midsummer to early fall.

It was brought to Japan for medical purposes by an envoy to China sometime in the 900s and began to be cultivated.

In keeping with the meaning of its name in Japanese, "morning face," it blooms in the morning and the blossoms close up immediately.

Cultivation flourished in the Edo Period (1603-1867) and many varieties were developed.

In the hot, humid Japanese summer, morning glory  blooming in the cool morning air soften people's hearts.

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