Hosta 'Shirofukurin Hime Iwa'

This cultivar is a sport of the species H. gracillima which was originated by Kenji Watanabe of the Gotemba Nursery in Japan and was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio on his behalf in 2002. The slow growing, miniature size plant grows only 4 inches high by 11 inches wide with deep green foliage that has a white marginal variegation. Its leaves are lightly wavy, moderately folded, moderately twisted and dull on top. Pale lavender flowers with deep purple stripes in September. Seed viability was unknown at the time of registration.

The registration materials state: "...small size; true dwarf; variegated foliage."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term hime as small, mini, dwarf or princess and the term iwa as rock, Iwa Gibōshi or H. longipes and the term shirofukurin or shiro fukurin as white-edge(d) or white-margin(ed).


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