Hosta 'Otome-no-Ka'

Kenji Watanabe of Japan registered this cultivar of unidentified parentage in 2002. This medium size plant grows to about 14 inches high and a spread of 30 inches. The leaves are shiny, deeply veined, have smooth texture and are slightly wavy. It bears fragrant, purple flowers in August.

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines 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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