Hosta venusta
a.k.a. Otome Giboshi

This species forms a small, dense mound of green, teardrop shaped foliage. It has purple flowers in July. Due to its size, it and its cultivars are favorites in rock gardens and in the front of beds and borders.

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

  1. H. 'Abiqua Jim Dandy'
  2. H. 'Amethyst Gem'
  3. H. 'Appetizer'
  4. H. 'Collector's Choice'
  5. H. 'Dapra's Delight'
  6. H. 'Dimity'
  7. H. 'Emerson's Small One'
  8. H. 'Flat Clyde'
  9. H. 'Flatliner'
  10. H. 'Goodman's Short Folks'
  11. H. 'Kii Hime'
  12. H. 'Kilowatt'
  13. H. 'Leprechaun'
  14. H. 'Lillie'
  15. H. 'Margey'
  1. H. 'Microchip'
  2. Hosta minor
  3. H. 'Mini Mouse'
  4. H. 'Porter'
  5. H. 'Rim Rock'
  6. H. 'Rock Girl'
  7. H. 'Rumpelstilzchen'
  8. H. 'Spingarn's Japan'
  9. H. 'Surfer Girl'
  10. H. 'Tiny Temple Chimes'
  11. H. 'Tiny Tot'
  12. H. 'Tom Thumb'
  13. H. 'Tweeny'
  14. H. 'Wagner's Petite'
  15. H. 'Wee Bee'
  1. H. 'Crater's Heart'
  2. H. 'Crater's Rim'
  3. H. 'Kinbotan'
  4. H. 'Striker'
  1. H. 'Shironakafu Otome'
  2. H. 'Tsugaru Otome'
  3. H. 'Wedding Band'
  1. H. 'Abiqua Miniature'
  2. H. 'Alpine Dream'
  3. H. 'Amanuma'
  4. H. 'Appetizer'
  5. H. 'Arrowhead'
  6. H. 'Awesome'
  7. H. 'Baby Kim'
  8. H. 'Ballerina'
  9. H. 'Blue Eyes'
  10. H. 'Brooklyn's Baby Doll'
  11. H. 'Brutus'
  12. H. 'Cody'
  13. H. 'Concordia Petite'
  14. H. 'Craig's Temptation'
  15. H. 'Devon Red'
  16. H. 'Elsley Runner'
  17. H. 'Emoticon'
  18. H. 'Evening Gown'
  19. H. 'Fairy Ring'
  20. H. 'Gemstone'
  21. H. 'Gold Drop'
  22. H. 'Golden Cherub'
  23. H. 'Golden Gem'
  24. H. 'Golden Maid'
  25. H. 'Gosan Gold Midget'
  26. H. 'Green Fingers'
  27. H. 'Harold's Thumb'
  28. H. 'Herbie'
  29. H. 'Himekomachi'
  30. H. 'Honey Moon'
  31. H. 'Hush Puppie'
  32. H. 'Ichi-ban'
  33. H. 'Japangirl'
  34. H. 'Ki Nakafu Otome'
  35. H. 'Kifukurin Otome'
  36. H. 'Kinbotan'
  1. H. 'Lakeside Neat Petite'
  2. H. 'Leather Sheen'
  3. H. 'Lemon Lime'
  4. H. 'Little Devil'
  5. H. 'Little Fellow'
  6. H. 'Lorna'
  7. H. 'Masquerade'
  8. H. 'Minuta'
  9. H. 'Misty Morning'
  10. H. 'Nikkou'
  11. H. 'Nishikigawa'
  12. H. 'Number One'
  13. H. 'Ogon Otome'
  14. H. 'Orphan Annie'
  15. H. 'Otome-no-mai'
  16. H. 'Papoose'
  17. H. 'Paradise Puppet'
  18. H. 'Pinwheel'
  19. H. 'Pipin the Short'
  20. H. 'Queue'
  21. H. 'Red Dwarf'
  22. H. 'Red Tubes'
  23. H. 'Rock Island Line'
  24. H. 'Rock Master'
  25. H. 'Shark's Tooth'
  26. H. 'Shining Tot'
  27. H. 'Shirofukurin Otome'
  28. H. 'Surprised by Joy'
  29. H. 'Suzuki Thumbnail'
  30. H. 'Ted's Friend'
  31. H. 'Thumb Nail'
  32. H. 'Tiny Tears'
  33. H. 'Tot Tot'
  34. H. 'Venucosa'
  35. H. 'Venus Star'

Taxonomists (people who categorize and name living organisms such as plants) can go into dizzying detail in their arguments over what constitutes a species. However, for most of us, a simple definition is that the plant either currently exists in the wild or there is evidence (fossils, herbaria specimens, etc.) that it once did.

In his investigations, Schmid (1991) found such evidence for 43 species of hostas including the following:

Our database has listings of cultivars related to each of these species of hostas.

In nature, variations occur within plant species that are not great enough to warrant naming an entire new species. These identifiable variations on the wild species are called varieties. Yes, this term is commonly also used, although incorrectly, to signify what is really a cultivar i.e. cultivated variety.

In addition to the 43 species listed above, Schmid (1991), also listed the following significant botanical varieties (naturally occurring) and forms of the genus Hosta:

H. clausa var. normalis

H. kikutii var. caput-avis

H. kikutii var. kikutii forma leuconata

H. kikutii var. polyneuron

H. longipes var. caduca

H. longipes forma hypoglauca

H. longipes var. latifolia

H. longipes forma sparsa

H. longipes forma viridipes
H. longipes var. vulgata

H. longissima var. longifolia

H. montana forma macrophylia

H. plantaginea var. japonica

H. sieboldii forma angustifolia

H. sieboldii forma okamii

H. sieboldii forma spathulata

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