Hosta 'Hime Tokudama'

This cultivar is of unknown originator and unidentified parentage frojm Japan and it was introduced by Clarence Lantis of Delaware and  registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 2002 and re-registered with new data in 2018. It grows into a small size hosta about 7 inches in height with a spread of 15 inches. The medium blue-green foliage is moderately cupped, slightly twisted, ovate and dull on top. Lavender flowers with white stripes bloom on scapes 15 to 19 inches tall in July. It sets seeds but their viability was not known at the time of registration.

The registration materials state: "...compact, small clump...obtained from the Lantis collection...Small Tokudama type from Japan..." 

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " not a form of 'Tokudama'. It has the appearance of a H. nakaiana type..."

This cultivar was originally registered as a hybrid of a gold seedling x 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' and as a sibling to H. 'Ōgon Hime Tokudama' from the same batch of seeds but was changed to unidentified parentage in 2018. Also, the originator was changed from Kenji Watanabe from Japan to unknown.

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term hime as small, mini, dwarf or princess and the term ogon or oogon as gold or yellow.

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