Hosta 'Ogon Hime'

This is one of those cases where there are three hostas with the same name. None is registered with The American Hosta Society. The first one to be registered would become the "official" hosta of that name and the others would have to be renamed.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This name describes a dwarf ("hime"), gold-leaved ("ogon") hosta. In practice, however, it has been used for at least three different plants."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term ogon or oogon as gold or yellow.


Kenji Watanabe of Gotemba Nursery in Japan indicated that this was an outdated name for H. 'Kabitan'.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Ogon Hime' (Watanabe)


Mark Zilis of T & Z Nursery in Illinois received a plant with this name from Henry Landis of Canada who obtained it from Japan. That plant had green foliage with a golden-yellow marginal variegation. It was a form of H. pulchella. This hosta was renamed H. 'Gaijin'.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Ogon Hime' (Landis)


A third plant has been offered for sale under this name. It was said to be a form of H. sieboldii and had chartreuse colored foliage so it did not fit the name 'Ogon Hime'.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Ogon Hime' (Siebold)


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