This cultivar of unidentified parentage originated in
Japan and was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 2003
and was re-registered in 2009 and 2018. It is a miniature size plant
about 5 inches high by 20 inches wide with greenish yellow foliage with a medium
green marginal variegation. The leaves are flat, slightly wavy, ovate and dull on
top. Deep purple, tubular flowers bloom on scapes 10 to 20 inches tall from June into July.
The seed set was unknown at the time of registration. By the end of the
season, the center of the leaf turns all green.
The registration materials state: "...long-standing
cultivar from Japan. Named by associating the Japanese cultivar with its species
name...center turns green by mid-summer...(syn) H. venusta 'Aureonebulosa';
H. venusta 'Kinakafu'; H. venusta 'gold-centered'..."
The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack
(2010) says: "Too much sun results in loss of variegation. Ideal,
therefore, for a container that can be moved around until the best location is
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term kinakafu or ki nakifu as yellow-center(ed)
and the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Gibōshi' or
H. ‘Ki Nakifu Otome’ This name was registered
incorrectly. It should have been registered as H. 'Kinakafu
This cultivar was
under the name 'Ki Nakafu Otome'. A March, 2019
search of the Hosta Treasury for 'Kinakafu Otome'
resulted in no returns. So, it would appear that it
has been officially switched back to this original
name, 'Ki Nakafu Otome'.