Hosta 'Uju'


This slow growing sport of H. 'Kaleidochrome' was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 2011. It is a small size plant about 8 inches tall by 17 inches wide which is dark green with a yellow marginal variegation. The leaves are moderately wavy, ovate and slightly shiny on the top. Very pale purple, tubular flowers bloom in July into August.

An article about hosta names from Mark Zilis by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2013 Vol. 44 No. 1) states that, "I started using Zulu names for a few hostas after the 2010 [soccer] World Cup...Jabulani, which means 'rejoice,' amd Vuvuzela was the name of the horn blown by fans during the World Cup...Uju is a palindrome, a word that reads the same forward and backward. Mark's first choice was another Zulu word with several u vowels in it, but there's some controversy over its English meaning."

According to a Google search, Uju in the Zulu language means the combined state of laughing and crying. Mask your emotions with laughter! It is also the name of a band.


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