eye of the pheasant

This beautiful bloom is Pheasant’s eye, fukujusō, or New Year’s Day Plant. It grows in many mountainous areas of Japan. It begins to show new leaves in February or March and flowers with small bright yellow blossoms of 10 to 20 petals with a strong glow. Since the flowering time fell in the New Year season according to the lunar calendar, it was used as a decoration for the New Year, and so… some farmers grow it especially to flower for the First of January…The name actually means : Plant of good fortune and long life, “prosperity grass” or “longevity grass”. (information from CDHK, see link below)


japanese new year

fukujusoo wishes you

good fortune, long life


Linking to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai today…Happy New Year!