Peter Ruh of Ohio
in 2002 and
with new data in 2018 as a
cultivar of unidentified parentage, Zilis (2009) feels that it is actually a
H. pulchella. It forms a
miniature size (3.75 inches high by 6 inches wide) mound of medium green foliage
with a creamy white marginal variegation. The leaves are narrowly ovate,
slightly cupped, slightly folded, wavy and dull on top. Light purple flowers
with stripes bloom on scapes 12 inches tall from mid-June into July followed by
viable seeds in purplish green pods.
The registration materials state: "...small; slow..."
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...long standing cultivar from
Japan... commonly listed as
H. pulchella 'Kifukurin', but has been changed here to 'Kifukurin
Ubatake' to distinguish it from other yellow-edged hosta
cultivars identified as 'Kifukurin'."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term kifukurin or ki fukurin as yellow edge(d) or
Similar hostas include
H. 'Gaijin' and H. 'Gekko'.