H. montana
'Mountain Dew'

This tissue culture sport of H. montana 'Choko Nishiki' was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 2003. The medium size plant is about 16 inches high with a spread of around 30 inches. It has a gold center leaf which changes to green as the season progresses and an inconsistent white marginal variegation. Pale lavender flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...is one of the last to emerge in spring. It has a very slow growth rate and needs special care."

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.


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