Hosta 'Nakaimo'

This seedling selection was developed at the Imperial Botanic Garden in Tokyo, Japan. It was registered by The American Hosta Society on their behalf in 1986. The plant grows into a large size hosta about 25 inches in height with a spread of 52 inches. Its foliage is green with slight ripples on the margins, smooth texture and average substance. Medium lavender flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The name has been badly confused with the similar-sounding H. nakaiana, though the two are very different plants." 

An article about favorite flowering hostas by W. George Schmid in The Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) says, "The best flowers are on H. plantaginea and its multi-petalous cousins, 'Venus' and 'Aphrodite'...H. capitata in bud is fine, but its offspring, 'Nakaimo' has flowers that begin with the shine of precious porcelain and stay closed in bud longer...H. kikutii forms all have fine and late flowers, but the best are on H. kikutii var. densa (H. densa). They are white and form a tight bunch at the top of the scape. H. laevigata has large, spidery flowers in abundance; its cousin H. yingeri has smaller ones with the same spidery character and dark color. These spidery flowers are carried all around the stem unlike other hosta flowers that, "lean to one side...Finally, mature clumps of 'Blue Angel' and 'Elegans' have a beautiful flower display when many flowers on different scapes open in unison..."

"Plant is one of the best-blooming hostas with large white capitate translucent buds and bracts. Developed at the Imperial Botanic Garden in Tokyo and imported into the United States before 1939 by Pearce Seed Company, Moorestown, New Jersey. Due to a mix up at the nursery, a hosta with lanceolate leaves and purple flowers is also in commerce under this name, but it is not this taxon which has wide cordate leaves."

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