Hosta 'Akane'

This seedling selection of unidentified parentage came from Japan and was registered in 2010 by Peter and Jean Ruh of Ohio. It grows into a medium size plant about 16 inches high by 32 inches wide. The leaves are dark green with reddish petioles. Burgundy purple flowers with stripes bloom from August into September.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "No, this is not the long sought red-flowering hosta, but it does produce flowers with burgundy overtones...Jim Hawes grew this plant from seed that he had obtained from a source in Japan."

The Hosta Journal, (2016 Vol. 47 No 1) states, "A number of unique seedlings from Japan have been passed around for some time, primarily among hybridizers. Both have solid green foliage but with flowers that have a reddish shade. H. 'Akane' has burgundy flowers while 'Kokuryu' has reddish purple flowers. Both are rare and may in fact no longer exist in the U.S...."


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