May flowers in front of my apartment building

Dokudami in front of apartment building

Dokudami (どくだみ) is one of my favorite Tokyo weeds. It grows on cinder block walls and sidewalk cracks. Above is a large patch in front of my apartment building in May. The roughly 2 by 5 meter strip is a never changing display of flowers tended by the residents; its wildness contrasts with the clipped hedge on the other side of the entry path and heavily pruned trees in the parking lot.

Here are some other May flowers, including what is called in Japan “American jasmine.” The middle two plants I do not know the names. The last one is Datura, originally from Mexico.

"American Jasmine" in May, in front of apartment building

May flower outside apartment building Flower in May, in front of apartment building Datura in May, in front of apartment building

4 comments

    1. Thanks, Cong, for pointing that out. I had no idea. This weed is everywhere in my neighborhood. Should I just nibble on some leaves? BTW, do you live in Japan? Thanks again for your comment.

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