The American Hosta Society originally registered this slow growing plant as Hosta tokudoma
'Flavo-circinalis' in 1987. In his book,
The Genus Hosta
George Schmid (1991) determined that this plant was actually a cultivar and not a
species. He gave it the current name of Hosta 'Tokudama
It was first described by
Dr. Fumio Maekawa in Japan around 1940.
This medium size (17 inches high by 48 inches wide) hosta has gold marginal
variegation with dark blue-green center. The leaves are oblong to ovate,
slightly cupped, wavy and
heavily corrugated. Its thick leaf substance makes it resistant to
slugs. This plant has near white flowers that bloom from late June into
July followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks highly
amongst all hosta cultivars and is considered a classic. It
makes a great specimen plant or ground cover and has a faster
growth rate than most Tokudamas. The gold edge of 'Tokudama
Flavocircinalis' does not burn in the spring, so it can be used
as a substitute for 'Frances
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow to increase...A classic hosta which does not
scorch at the leaf margins."
This cultivar has been sold under the Trademark name Hosta
An article about H. tokudama 'Flavocircinalis' by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1985 Vol. 16) states that, "...means
"coiled with yellow."..."In
Hosta Journal (2001 Vol. 32 No. 1),
former President of The American Hosta Society took on the task of listing the
"Classic Hosta Cultivars" through the year 2003. He decided to divide these into
categories including: Green,
and Yellow Medio-Variegated.