The plant shown above was incorrectly labeled as H. 'Sparkel'
Registered in 2009 by
Mark Zilis, this
Japan is the result of a cross of H. longipes × unknown hosta
by Katsuyoshi Tanaka. It
forms a small clump about 10 inches tall by 23 inches in diameter. The
streaked and mottled leaves are dull on top and slightly shiny on the
bottom. They are slightly wavy, ovate with a round base. Its petioles are
maroon-red in color. The plant bears tubular, flowers from mid-August into
October. It is a slow growing plant.
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "Do not confuse 'Sparkle' with the recently registered 'Sparkler'..."