The blue flowers that Japan should be proud of

Indigo blue is the selected color for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics logo, and blue is also for the uniform of Japan’s national football team, Japan Blue.
Indigo blue, dark blue and deep blue-violet are now attracting people’s attention worldwide.

At the Morning Glory (“Asagao” in Japanese) festival in Iriya, Tokyo, held at the beginning of July, blue-violet and light blue Morning Glory were selling well just as the brown Morning Glory called “Danjuro-Asagao”. There were also foreigners at the Uguisudani-station near Iriya, who were carrying deep blue-violet Morning Glory that seemed to have been bought at the festival.

  • Morning Glory
  • Morning Glory


When someone speaks of blue cut flowers, what would spring to your mind? For me, it is Gentian, truly blue flower. The shipping amount of cut Gentian is at its peak in this month.

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  • 180423S518Gunjo


  • Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon flower)


Japanese flower industry needs more promotion to overseas.
For example, flower arrangements featuring blue-violet flowers, not just Gentian but Platycodon grandiflorus (Balloon flower), Iris, etc., would evoke a sense of Japanese harmony. Single-flower vases or decorated vases with blue-violet flowers, and great places decorated with these items can be suggested. It may also be nice to use indigo colored ribbon or accessories for Gentian’s vases and arrangements.

Written by Mr. Takashina
Original article written by Mr. Murata

“Alstromeria from JA Sakuasama”


 JA Sakuasama is a growers’ cooperative located in the east part of Nagano Prefecture, the center of Honshu, Japan. The cooperative consists of 3 cities (Omoro City, Saku City and Tōmi City) and 4 towns (Sakuho-machi, Karuizawa-machi, Tateshina-machi, Miyota-machi).

 Bright color and long vase-life are characterized under bracing highland environment with Mt Asama to the north and the Yatsugatake mountains to the south.

Marimba                                                              Energy

Silvan                                                                   Miranda

San Marino                                                          Bridesmaid

Odion                       Massa

Jenova                 Honey Sofia

Gold                      Pam


Ariane                       Pink Tiara



Helleborus Argutifolius

To extend the life of flowers on display, we use Chrysal Professonal 2.

White laceflower with firm stems

White laceflower (alias: bishop’s weed, binomial name: Ammi majus) growing at  Minami Bousou peninsula, located in the south area of Chiba prefecture.

White laceflower is native to the Mediterranean. So, it originally likes warm atmosphere. But when it is too warm, stems grow up so fast that they eventually become weak.

On the other hand, in cold atmosphere, stems grow up slowly, and they become firm. Now is a good season to use White laceflower as a cut flower thanks to its firm stems. But excessive coldness could kill White laceflower, because it doesn’t have cold-tolerance.

Growers of White laceflower must pay a lot of attention to temperature control.

Pictures: White laceflower growing at Chiba prefecture

by Maako Y.


Heartfelt thanks and greetings for the new year.
We are grateful for all your support of last year and continuous help for new year.
We hope this year will bring you all much success and joy.

Cyclamens are now in season!

Potted Cyclamen is now in season. So many Cyclamens are gathering to Ota Floriculture Auction Market.


Cyclamen is good to enjoy in winter, because it is tolerant to coldness.We call Cyclamen “Kagaribi-bana”. It literally means bonfire-flower, because it looks like burning bonfire in its shape and color.



Cyclamen is rich in colors like red, pink, white and even purple! Genetically-modified blue(purple) Cyclamen is now available at the market.