It was in March 1997 that I started to grow Asarum (kan-aoi).
After getting native Chinese A. maximum (panda-kan-aoi) , I was hooked on collecting Asarum around the world.
Since then, I've been growing many kinds of Asarum for more than 10 years.
At first I had no doubt about the names attached when I shopped them by catalog. But once the calyx lobe opened, some species seemed different from its label. There were few reference books on kan-aoi. Even though I checked some learned books, it was still difficult to tell the difference of the species.
While I opened the site from March 2002 to June 2010,
・the kan-aoi information exchange room(http://www.hpmix.com/home/ssc/ssc01/ )
・the classification list. (http://www.hpmix.com/home/ssc/ssc02/ )
I got a good deal of useful information from enthusiasts.
In those days, the list had less information and more mistakes.
Take a look at the new site I opened in June 2010
Thanks to their help, I was able to obtain A. sp (hagakure-kan-aoi) and A. nomadakense (nomadake-kan-aoi), which have not yet been ascertained in existence. That enabled me to collect most of the species in Japan.
In 2007, I found out A. constrictum (tsukubane-aoi) , which was found for the first time after 74 years. Until 1933, they were seen only in the picture of the documents.
While growing and observing them all through the year, I'm getting to know the difference of the species that is hard to identify through the documents.
That's why I opened the new site how you can distinguish the species more easily.
The list may have some mistakes as the observation is only through my possession.
I would be very happy if it is helpful for you.
Kan-aoi information exchange room
Caretaker たぬき(tanuki) ,"Raccoon Dog" January 2008