Hosta 'Hirao Elite'

This is tetraploid hosta of uncertain background was originated from Dr. Shuichi Hirao of Japan. It was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 1997. This small size mound of dark, shiny foliage grows about 12 inches tall with a spread of 30 inches. Its petioles have purple dots. Medium purple flowers bloom from mid-August into September. This cultivar is part of the "Hirao Series" of hostas.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...long known to hosta collectors as 'Hirao Tet' or 'Hirao Tetra'...original plant came from Dr. Hirao to the U.S. in the 1970s..."


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