Hosta 'Inaho'

The name on the label above is misspelled.

This H. sieboldii-type cultivar of unidentified parentage is from Japan and was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 2005 and re-registered with new data in 2018. It forms a medium size (15 inches high by 24 inches wide) mound of lanceolate, moderately wavy leaves that are slightly shiny on top and very shiny on the bottom. Purple, striped flowers bloom on scapes 28 to 34 inches tall from August into September but do not set seed.

The registration materials state: "...unusual color, different from 'Kisugi', larger with purple anthers..."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...virtually identical to 'Kisuji', however, has yellow anthers...'Inaho' is reported to have purple anthers."

"Inaho Gibōshi, the "golden wave of rice hosta." Inaho means "ear of rice," the name picturing the yellow- and green-striped vista of a maturing field of rice. Similar to H. sieboldii 'Mediopicta' but sterile and provisionally linked with H. 'Lancifolia'."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term ki as yellow or gold and  the term suji as streak or line.


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