Hosta 'Stiletto'


This cultivar forms a neat, medium size (12 inches high by 24 inches wide) mound and has heavily rippled leaves with a narrow white marginal variegation. It was registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1987 as a cross between H. 'Amy Aden' × H. pulchella 'Kifukurin Ubatake'. It has purple flowers in August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar " certainly one of the most recognizable of all hostas. Planted along a pathway, it forms a dense, mini-hedge of attractively rippled, white edged foliage."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Grows well in almost any position and is ideal as an edging plant along a pathway or across the back of a raised bed."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases rapidly. An excellent edging or ground cover hosta. Needs dividing every four to five years to retain the rippled edge."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term kifukurin or ki fukurin as yellow edge(d) or yellow margin(ed).


"If this lance-leafed hosta continues to be as vigorous as it seems now, it will emerge as a great border plant, suggesting the look of a variegated liriope. Growing to a height of twelve inches, the green leaves edged in gold form a wonderful clump."

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