Saturday, July 08, 2017
The way we name this little plant
These flowers are called "lizard's tail" in English. Isn't it a "lovely" name?
It was named so since the drooping flower depicts a lizard's tail, they say.
On the other hand, 半化粧 （はんげしょう）is a Japanese name for these white, slender and drooping flowers. The most beautiful part of this plant is that some leaves have white splashes on the surface as if a woman were putting powder on her face to meet her loved one. That is why we call it "han-ge-shou", which literally means " putting makeup on halfway" in Japanese.
So romantic, isn't it? They delighted my eyes this afternoon at Shirotori Japanese Garden.