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Flower Calendar in Kamakura - winter

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The following are the flower calendar in Kamakura:
Note: <xxx> denotes Japanese name, and (xxx) botanical name.

Mid November to mid December

Sasanqua <Sazanka> (Camellia sasanqua)
One of the few winter-flowering shrubs like tsubaki. Kaizoji, Sugimoto-dera, Kaizoji, Myohonji, Ankokuronji, Kosokuji at Hase and Juniso, Jomyoji, Zuisenji

Japanese silverleaf <Tsuwabuki> (Ligularia tussilaginea)
at: Amanawa Shinmei Jinja, Kuhonji, Hokokuji

Sacred bamboo <Nanten> (Nandina domestica)
at: Meigetsu-in, Kaizoji, Kotoku-in, Zuisenji

??? <Senryo> (Sarcanda glabra or Chloranthus glaber)
at: Joju-in, Zuisenji

Coral berry <Manryo> (Ardisa japonica)
aat: Kenchoji, Kaizoji

Early to mid January

Winter sweet <Robai> (Chimonanthus praecox)
Chimon is Greek and means winter and anthos flower. Praecox means early in Latin, so the botanical name tells us flowers open in early winter. Japanese name Robai is literally beeswax plum referring to the color of the flowers and the early blooming period. With its sweet odor, perfumes are produced out of the flowers.
Meigetsu-in, Engakuji, Tokeiji, Jochiji, Chojuji, Zuisenji, Kosokuji at Hase and Juniso,

Early January to mid February

Peony <Botan> (Paeonia suffruticosa)
It is rare to see peony flowers in the dead of winter, but Peony Garden at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine have them all.

Narcissus <Suisen> (Narcissus tazetta)
at: Tokeiji, Meigetsu, Hokaiji, Hokokuji, Myohoji, Kaizoji, Zuisenji,

Late January to early March

Japanese apricot <Ume> (Prunus mume)
at: Engakuji, Tokeiji, Jochiji, Hokaiji, Egara Tenjin Shrine, Kakuonji Zuisenji, Sugimoto-dera, Myoo-in, Jufukuji, Eishoji, Jokomyoji, Kaizoji, Myohonji, Kosokuji at Hase and Juniso, Hase-dera

Mid February

Amur adonis <Fukujuso> (Adonis amurensis)
at: Kaizoji, Jomyoji, Zuisenji

Mid February to early March

Mitsumata <Mitsumata> (Edgeworthia chrysantha)
Its fiber used to be an important raw material for paper making. Ancient documents were written on the paper made out of Mitsumata and paper mulberry, which is far better in quality than today's. Mitsumata means a three-thronged fork and this shrubs have three-thronged branches. Jochiji, Sugimoto-dera, Kosokuji at Hase, Myohoji,

Daphne <Jinchoge> (Daphne odora)
at: Kenchoji, Meigetsu-in, Hokokuji, Kosokuji at Juniso, Myohoji, Ankokuronji,

??? <Sanshu-yu> (Cornus officinalis)
at: Zuisenji, Hokokuji,

Camellia or Japanese rose <Tsubaki> (camellia)
One of the best-loved groups of winter flowering shrubs. Meigetsu-in, Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Jochiji, Hokaiji, Hokokuji, Zuisenji, Hase-dera,

Japanese witch hazel <Mansaku> (Hamamelis japonica)
at: Jochiji, Meigetsu-in, Zuisenji,


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