"Kikko-haguma" (Ainsliaea apiculata) belongs to the family Asteraceae (the Aster family). It is a perennial herb that is native to southern Hakkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu, as well as the southern Korean Peninsula. This herb grows in forests of hills and mountains, and it can reach 10-30 cm in height. The stems are upright. The leaves are cordate to reniform with long petioles, and arranged in clusters at the lower part of stems. The both sides of leaves are covered with long hairs. The three tubular flowers are connate into a flower-head, and bloom from September to October. The corolla is white and five partite deeply. The fruits are achenes about 4.5 mm long.