This is a miniature
(6 inches high by 14 inches wide) form of the
species, H. kikutii caput-avis, which was found in its
native habitat in
Japan. It is not registered with
American Hosta Society. This
plant has lanceolate, wavy, shiny, dark green foliage.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...appears to have nothing in
common with H. kikutii caput-avis or H. kikutii 'Unazuki
Dwarf'. Instead it more closely resembles
H. pulchella and
The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack
(2010) says: "Dark green foliage will look good against
light-colored mulch, which will show through the
Similar cultivars include H. 'Shining Tot'.