This seedling of H. 'Tortifrons' is a non-registered cultivar from
Japan. It is a small size
plant about 10 inches tall with a spread of around 30 inches.
The foliage is dark green, wavy and has thick substance with
purple red petioles.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Hideko Gowen brought this plant to the U.S. From
An article in
Hosta Journal (2002 Vol. 33 No. 1) reporting on a speech
by Barry Yinger at the 2001
National Convention of
The American Hosta Society stated "The Japanese take a different
approach to hosta breeding than the Americans, creating some exciting new
results. Native species, which look ugly or "peculiar" at best in the wild, are
used in many Japanese hybrids, resulting in spectacular new varieties. H. 'Tortifrons'
(noted for its very twisted, grass-like foliage), used in many Japanese hybrids,
impairs a twist to the leaves of its offspring. One example given was H. 'Tatsumaki',
meaning "tornado" which has large twisted leaves and attractive flowers."