This hybrid of
rupifraga was originated from
Shuichi Hirao of
Japan and was
Peter Ruh of Ohio in
2001. It forms a medium size mound of light green foliage
about 18 inches tall by 44 inches wide with light green foliage.
The ovate shaped leaves are slightly cupped, slightly
corrugated, moderately wavy and deeply folded. They are
slightly shiny on top and very shiny on the bottom
Lavender flowers with white stripes bloom from late
August into September on scapes 23 to 27 inches tall. It
does not set seeds.
registration materials state: "...interesting mound
with pendulant flowers in profusion."
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Peter Ruh attempted to register this plant as 'Doctor Shuichi
Hirao', but that name was not allowed."
This cultivar is part of the "Hirao
Series" of hostas.