Originated by Kenji Watanabe of Japan but registered in 2002
by Peter Ruh of Ohio on his behalf, this cultivar
is of unidentified parentage. It is a medium size hosta about
14 inches high by 29 inches wide with dark green
foliage. The leaves are ovate, moderately cupped, slightly twisted, slightly wavy and very shiny on top with
petioles that have red stripes. White, striped, bell
shape flowers with translucent edges bloom in September
on scapes 7 to 18 inches tall. Its seed pods are green
with a narrow red stripe.
According to the registration materials: "...heavy flower set; flowers arc to
the ground; last
to bloom in the Ruh garden..."
An article by Warren I. Pollock about changes to the International Code
for the Nomenclature of Cultivated Plants in
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"..."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Giboshi' or