Akebono-so Swertia bimaculata

Akebonoso  アケボノソウ 曙草

Doesn’t seem to have a common name in English. (It’s native to Japan and China)

I’ve seen this on the Women’s path and the Choishi Michi this week.


Not many flowers this autumn so really enjoying this little jewel.

Small, delicate and easy to miss!


One source says it’s named Akebono-so (“plant of dawn”) because the black spots on the flower resemble a starry sky at dawn.


Here is the Akebonoso just before the flowers start to bloom.

The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).

Gender nuetral


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