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