In Japan, there are Seven representative flowers of autumn (Aki-no Nanakuksa / 秋の七草) as opposed to the Seven Herbs in Spring (Haru-no Nanakusa / 春の七草) which are edible wild herbs of spring.
The Seven Flowers Autumn provide visual enjoyment. Their simplicity was very much admired: they are small and dainty yet beautifully colored.
They are named as typical autumn flowers in a verse from the Man’yōshū (万葉集), the oldest existing anthology of Japanese poetry.
A verse by Yamanoue-no Okura (山上憶良 660–733 / a Japanese poet, the best known for his poems of children and commoners)
<Seven representative flowers of autumn>
Hagi / 萩 (Bush Clover)
Obana / 尾花 (Japanese Pampas Grass)
Kuzu / 葛 (Pueraria Lobata)
Nadeshiko / 撫子 (Dianthus)
Ominaeshi / 女郎花 (Patrinia Scabiosaefolia)
Fujibakama / 藤袴 (thoroughwort)
Kikyo / 桔梗 (Bellflower)
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