Hosta 'Kiwi Hippo'

A hybrid of two species, H. hypoleuca x H. longipes, this cultivar was registered by Barry Sligh in 1999 as part of his Kiwi Series of hostas. It forms a large size mound about 27 inches high by 70 inches wide with somewhat unruly foliage that has thick substance and thick underside bloom. From late July into August, it bears pale purple flowers and develops many seed pods.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...seems more likely a cross of H. hypoleuca x H. 'Elegans' (or one of its seedlings). 'Elegans' would provide the genetic background to produce the larger mound size, earlier flowering, and greater number of vein pairs."


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