I love flowers. Since there are four seasons in Japan, you can enjoy all different kinds of flowers for every season.
Morning glory is one of the flowers that represent Japan.
- The name ipomoea (another word for morning glory) comes from the Greek words ips for “worm” and homoios for “like” because of the plant’s worm-like stem.
- The seeds are toxic if ingested. The seeds in many morning glory species contain psychedelic properties, producing similar effect as LSD when taken in large doses.
- Ipomoea aquatica, also known as water morning glory or water spinach is eaten as a vegetable in many parts of Asia.
- Due to its short life span, the morning glory symbolizes unrequited love and affection in the language of flowers.
In Japan, morning glory is often grown in the houses as a “heat curtain” during summer to shut down the sunshine from outside and keep the temperature down.
If you are interested, check out the link below to grow your own morning glory curtain (*not allowed in Sakura House premises!!)