This is a streaked cultivar of
the species, H. montana, that forms a
giant size (32 inches high) mound of mottled foliage and flower scapes that reach over 6 feet
tall. It was
found in Japan and brought to the United States
before 1990. This plant is sometimes mislabeled as H. montana
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Some plants of this cultivar are infected with a
virus but not all. It is a popular breeding plant and the
resulting seedlings (some variegated, some green) have not
tested positive for known
is a mutation of H. montana and there are 2
forms, either white- or yellow-spotted/variegated. In
the wild from Gumma and Tokyo prefectures."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term chirifu
as speckled, mottled or overall variegated and the term oba or ooba as large leaf, 'Oba Giboshi' or
An article about H. montana 'Chirifu' by
Herb Benedict in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 2) states that, "About
seven years ago, on one of her biannual trips to Japan, Hideko Gowen of
Excelsior, Minnesota, brought back a very beautiful large gold-splashed form of
Hosta montana. It was found in the wild by
Mr. Sekini, in Tachigi Ken, Japan.
George Schmid has suggested the name H. montana 'Chirifu'.
Chirifu is a Japanese word which means "splashed" or "overall-variegated...The bloom stalks are well
over six feet tall each with forty or more very fertile flowers."