Hosta 'Mikawa-no-yuki'

This hybrid of a white backed H. kikutii 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 (14 inches high by 30 inches wide) mound of deeply veined foliage of above average substance. The plant has pale lavender, bell-shaped flowers in late August to September followed by viable seeds.

The registration materials state: "...2004 revision changed 'Mikawa-no-Yuki' to 'Mikawa-no-yuki'."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I've always loved the graceful appearance of this plant...The deeply veined, smooth, green leaves make an attractive mound..."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Also known as H. 'Ozaki Special'...Increases 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 H. venusta.

An article  by Warren I. Pollock about changes to the International Code for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants in The 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"..."



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