Hosta 'Aoba Komachi'

This small size (9 inches high by 20 inches wide) non-registered cultivar is a sport of H. 'Tsuguru Komachi' from Japan. It is all green in color and bears medium purple flowers from late July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Its show of purple flowers in late summer is outstanding."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term aoba as green leaf and the term komachi as a beauty or a belle.

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2008 Vol. 39 No. 2) quotes W. George Schmid: "H. 'Tsugaru Komachi' ('The Little Maiden from Tsugaru') variegated but unstable. Though [the green form] is most commonly known by 'Aoba Komachi' [Ao means "green" and Aoba means green leaf], this name may not be specific enough because there are other all-green hostas that look just like the reverted, green form of 'Tsugaru Komachi'...My opinion is it should be 'Aoba Tsugaru Komanchi' to indicate it is specifically the green reversion of 'Tsugaru Komachi'."

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