Hosta 'Kokuryu'


This medium size (13 inches high by 28 inches wide) cultivar of unidentified parentage was originated by Toyozo Nakayama and Tsuneo Kurasawa of Japan but registered on their behalf by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 2000. It has medium green foliage and bears near white flowers with reddish purple highlights in October.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This is another seedling from Japan with reddish flowers."

An article by Rick Goodenough in The Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No. 1) states that, “Another “borrowed” plant that I have been particularly pleased with is named ‘Red Legged Plover’. I got the seed, which is out of ‘Katsuragawa Beni’ and a first generation seedling of ‘Kokuryu’, through an exchange with Jeff MooreH. ‘Red Legged Plover’ was the only yellow viridescent seedling of the lot. It exhibits some nicer-than-average burgundy-toned flowers which was one of Jeff’s objectives for this cross.”

The Hosta Journal, (2016 Vol. 47 No 1) states, "A number of unique seedlings from Japan have been passed around for some time, primarily among hybridizers. Both have solid green foliage but with flowers that have a reddish shade. H. 'Akane' has burgundy flowers while 'Kokuryu' has reddish purple flowers. Both are rare and may in fact no longer exist in the U.S..."


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