self-pollinated seedling of H. 'Tsugaru Komachi' was registered by
Dr. Ed Elslager of Michigan in 2000. It forms a miniature size (4 inches high by 9 inches
wide) mound of delicate, lanceolate shaped foliage. This hosta
bears purple flowers from mid-August into September followed by
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The foliage color of 'Teenie-weenie
Bikini' has always been
The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack
(2010) says: "The leaf centers often burn in strong sunshine. The
small plant would be easily lost in any flowerbed but is ideally suited to the
trough, tray or rockery."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "...it can "melt
out" if the sunshine is strong. The leaves on mature plants are
considerably wider than in juvenile plants. Divide frequently to
prevent reversions. Vigorous...Very brightly colored foliage for
a miniature hosta, with different color tones in the variegation
on the first and second flush of leaves."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term komachi as a beauty or a belle.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) says, "Certainly
'Teeny-weenie Bikini' is both an odd looking and oddly spelled epithet.
Certainly the hyphen or lowercase w, or both, will foul up some folks."