Hosta 'Kiwi Leap Frog'
 

A hybrid of the species H. yingeri x H. rectifolia, this non-registered cultivar is from the Barry Sligh Kiwi Series of hostas. The large size mound is 28 inches high by 43 inches wide. Its foliage is wavy, shiny and the leaves are folded lengthwise. They have a whitish underside and winged petioles. From late July into August, it produces bright purple flowers on six foot tall scapes.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Early in the season, its shiny, waxy, dark green foliage attracts your eye. Then, it flowers...wow!...and you realize how 'Kiwi Leap Frog' got its name. As they unfurl, the six foot long scapes arch and trail across the garden as if they were searching for an escape route. The brilliant purple flowers add further emphasis to this unusual trait."

Similar hostas include H. 'Cross Stitch' when in bloom.

 
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