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New Taipei flowers - Wugu garlic vine [Travel in Taiwan 181030 (Blooming Autumn): The first petals]


The hunt for Taiwan’s most beautiful flowers start again.  Blooming Autumn.  During the fall season, the luomujie blog’s travel series for showcasing the island’s beautiful blossoms, open once more as the northeast monsoon started blowing strong.  As the weather on the island turns colder, certain flowers reappear to the delight of locals.  For this year’s edition, I will be featuring new places.  So enough of the Taoyuan Flower Festival!   I have covered that for two years and there are other exciting places to see.  Are you excited to see them?  Let’s start now the flower viewing.

Our first stop: 楓樹河濱公園.  An unknown park in New Taipei’s Wugu District.  I know you haven’t heard of this place located in the suburbs of Taipei.  Unlike Pingxi, Jiufen, and Yehliu which are well-known tourist attractions, the district of Wugu offers virtually nothing to international visitors.  But there will be places that are just waiting to be discovered and rediscovered and this park is one of them.  

Upon hearing a gossip about the story of two tone purple colored flowers that blossoms on the last week of October to the first week of November, I did not let the opportunity pass.  I went directly to Wugu to see and smell the buzz that its petals were creating.  To find them, I boarded the Taoyuan Aiport MRT and alighted at the Taishan Station.  After walking for 1.7 kilometers, I finally reached the hidden flower garden.

Mansoa alliacea. That’s the scientific name of our featured flower.  Commonly known as false garlic vine because it has the same smell like the true garlic vine.  I did not sniff anything unpleasant, rather it has an aroma that matches its lavender color.  Not very strong, but you will love it.  It is said that it originated in South America which adds mystery to its blossoming period in Taiwan, because it is classified as a tropical climbing plant with vines reaching up to 3 meters.  

A shrub cultivated on top of a canal.  What a brilliant idea of the Taiwanese!  The attractiveness of the flowers helped the locals forget that what they were enjoying was a dirty waterway.   A long tunnel with the light hue of violet, its chain of petals can challenge the pink cosmos of the annual Xinshe Sea of Flowers as Taiwan’s flower of autumn.  What do you think?  

The leaves of the plant are reported to have medicinal uses for the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism.  In Taiwan, some homeowners plant this shrub at their gardens.  Maybe for its beauty, but it could also be for a quick remedy.   To be used as medicine, the leaves are crushed and then boiled to form an aqueous extract.

Sad to say, the continuous rain in Taipei would have already spoiled the freshness of the flowers.  As time goes by, the violet color changes into a lighter color until everything turns white.  Cross your fingers!  Some could still be left that resembles the same look like the first petals.

Address: 楓 江 路 河 堤, Wugu District, New Taipei City, 248
[Google Map]

How to get here:
1.  by Taoyuan Airport MRT:
      Taishan Station -> Walk for 1.7 kilometers to reach the park.
2.  by tripool taxi:


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