A sport of H. 'Saishu Jima', this
cultivar was registered by
Dr. Ralph (Herb) Benedict of Michigan in 1986. It grows
into a miniature size hosta up to
4 inches high with a spread of 10 inches with wavy leaves. Pale
purple flowers bloom in August followed by viable seeds.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "Keep potted
until the root system is fully established, then plant in a larger container,
rock garden, or gravel garden. An excellent breeding plant."
of similar form have been found in Japan and given the names
H. 'Tsugaru Komachi' and H. 'Tsugaru Nishiki'...Another
Japanese sport arising from
H. sieboldii (the parent of
H. 'Saishu Jima') is called H. 'Shima Kabitan'...This
plant arose independently in the United States and is erect."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term nishiki
as brocade (rich-colored woven fabric) i.e. something
colorful and beautiful and the term komachi as a beauty or a belle.