- Flower nameLeontopodium kurilense
- Scientific nameLeontopodium kurilense
- Place of originendemic to the Southern Kuril Islands
- Place of floweringHigh mountain, Specific area
- Flowering seasonApril, May, July, August, September, October, November
What is Leontopodium kurilense
Leontopodium kurilense , or Chishima snowdrop (scientific name: Leontopodium kurilense) is analpine perennial grass in the family Asteraceae, endemic to the Southern Kuril Islands (Shikotan and Etorofu Islands).
It grows wild on rocky shores in coastal areas and protects itself from the cold by densely covering the entire plant with grayish-white hairs that resemble light snow. It produces rosette leaves and upright flower stalks from underground stems. What appear to be white flowers are bracts that have been modified from the leaves, and the real flowers are the small yellow tubular flowers in the center.
The flower is named after a flower of the genus Leontopodium, which grows wild on the Kuril Islands.
The genus name "Leontopodium" means "Leon" + "topodium," and the species name "kurilense" means "Kuril (of the Kuril Islands).
Common name: Leontopodium kurilens, scientific name: Leontopodium kurilense, subname: Chishima usuyukisou(Japanese), Chishima snowdrop, origin: Southern Kuril Islands ( Height: 15-30 cm, bracts: grayish white, number of stem leaves: 10-20, leaf shape: narrowly capsular, inflorescence: alternate, flowering season: April to May (cultivated species), July to October (native species), head flower: yellow tubular flower, uses: potted plants, rock gardens.