This cultivar was listed on the
MyHostas Database website.
Discovered on the Izu Peninsula in Japan, this cultivar
of unidentified parentage was registered by
Kevin Walek (Hosta
with new data in
It is a fast growing, small size hosta about 10 inches high
by 30 inches wide with dark green foliage. The white
backed leaves are slightly shiny, deeply wavy,
moderately folded and have striped red petioles. Dark
lavender, bell shape flowers bloom from mid-August
through September on scapes about 20 inches tall
followed by viable seeds.
The registration material states, "...a
white-backed phenotype of
H. longipes var.
latifolia collected on Izu Peninsula..."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term iwa as rock, Iwa Gibōshi or
H. longipes and the term urajiro as white-backed or white underside.