Hosta pulchella
aka Ubatake Gibōshi
(Grandmother mountain hosta)

According to The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid (1991), the epithet is derived from the term pulchellus which means "beautiful and little". It is a small size plant that grows to about 4 inches in height with a spread of around 6 to 8 inches. It is a rhizomatous species with shiny dark green leaves. The leaves are moderately wavy, ovate-cordate and erect. It bears purple flowers with purple anthers bloom in July.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "The parent of many popular small-leaved hostas...Blooms very easily."


In answer to a question about growing smaller hostas that appeared in The Hosta Journal (2012 Vol. 43 No. 2), W. George Schmid of Georgia, author of The Genus Hosta (1991) commented, "My favorite minis are H. venusta, H. gracillima, a white-margined sport of H. gracillima named 'Kifukurin Ko Mame', H. pulchella and 'Blue Mouse Ears' ."


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