"Maruba-touki" (Ligusticum hultenii) belongs to the Apiaceae (the Carrot family). It is a perennial herb that is native to northern Honshu and Hokkaido. This herb grows in coastal grasslands or screes, and can reach 30-100 cm in height. The stem is round at cross section, midair and erect. The leaves are 2-trifoliate with ovate to round leaflets. The compound umbels are borne on the terminal branches, the numerous, small, white flowers bloom from July to September.