This hybrid of a white backed
and a white backed H. longipes was developed by
Hajime Sugita of
Japan and registered by
Peter Ruh of Ohio in
1997. It forms a medium size (17 inches high) mound of deeply veined foliage of
above average substance. The plant has lavender flowers in late
August to September followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I've always loved the graceful appearance of this
plant...The deeply veined, smooth, green leaves make an
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Also known as H. 'Ozaki
rapidly. Grow in a container on a pedestal, preferably in a border, so that the
undersides of the leaves can be fully appreciated."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term -gawa or -kawa
as river and the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Gibōshi' or
An article by Warren I. Pollock about changes to the International Code
for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "The proper
names are now H. 'Mikawa-no-yuki' instead of 'Mikawa-no-Yuki', 'Otome-no-ka'
instead of 'Otome-no-Ka' and 'Seto-no-aki' instead of 'Seto-no-Aki'...'Mikawa-no-yuki'
which means "snow of Mikawa"..."