This hosta was originally found
in the garden of
Robert Schaeffer as a sport of
H. 'Lancifolia'. Alex Summers named it and Peter Ruh of Ohio registered it for them in 1992. It is a medium size (18
inches high by 28 inches wide) mound that has yellow leaves with
green margins that turn to green (viridescent) as the season progresses. The 28 inch scape bears bell-shaped, lavender striped
flowers followed by viable seeds.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), this species has been known as
H. cathayana 'Nakafu'
and H. cathayana variegata in the past.
Mark Zilis (2009) notes that this cultivar, "...has been known to
collectors for many years, but cannot be thought of as common.
Its attractive show of variegated foliage in spring makes it a
more interesting ground cover than Hosta lancifolia
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Best planted in clumps 12 in. (30 cm) apart as an
edging plant, where the leaves gradually change
color through the season making attractive tonal
contrasts. Also effective in pots...One of the first
hostas to emerge in spring."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term nakafu as medio-variegated.