This cultivar is a sport of the species
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
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.
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