September: 秋の七草 (Aki no Nana Kusa)

This month’s word is Aki no Nana Kusa.

Aki no Nana Kusa, or the Seven Autumnal Flowers, refer to Hagi (Bush Clover), Obana (Chinese Silvergrass), Kuzu (Japanese Arrowroot), Nadeshiko (Fringed Pink), Ominaeshi (Golden Lace), Fujibakama (Thoroughwort), and Kikyou (Chinese Bellflower).These flowers were often seen in the gardens of Japanese aristocrats during the Heian period (794-1185). Representative of autumn, these flowers have been referenced in traditional Japanese poetry many times, and consumed or admired during the autumn season.