hosta species grows into a small size plant about 6 to 10 inches high by a spread of around
10 to 18 inches. It has waxy green foliage that is shiny, leathery with thick
substance. The petioles are purple-red and the leaves are somewhat twisted with
a sharp point. It bears lavender flowers with purple stripes and purple-yellow
anthers in September followed by viable seeds. This species is found on
rocky mountain sides in its native land.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Glossy, leathery leaves."
An article about Fall Bloomers by
Herb Benedict and
Jim Wilkins in
Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) states that, "Here
are some of the fall blooming plants we grow...(listed in the order of bloom
times in Michigan).
|1) H. kikutii
||A medium size plant densely flowering
with white blooms. The flowers are equally arranged around the
central axis of the raceme so that the bloom scapes resembles a
bottle brush or pony tail...We are growing two named varieties,
'Hirao-59' and 'Finlandia'.
|2) H. 'Fall Bouquet'
||Small, green plant, leaves slightly
undulated, lavender scape and blooms, floriferous.
|3) H. longipes
||Small green plant, densely flowering
with a tall stiff bloom scape. The flowers are lavender and the
leaves are green.
|4) H. gracillima
||Funnel-shaped, light lavender flowers.
A miniature green plant, with shiny surface.
|5) H. 'Iwa
||Iwa means rock, and this plant was
imported by Marjorie Soules, from Japan. It is a small green plant
with lavender flowers.
|6) H. tortifrons
||In the same section (Picnolepis) as
H. longipes and
H. rupifraga. Distinctive small plant, with twisted
green leaves and lavender flowers.
|7) H. 'Fused Veins'
||Small, green leaves often with ¼ inch
margin which is a lighter green. The lance shaped leaves are
undulated and the veins come together regularly. The flowers are
mauve and the scape is sometimes branched.
|8) H. rupifraga
||Small, medium green, with thick,
leathery, ovate leaves. Densely flowering with purple flowers. 'Urajiro',
'Grand Slam', 'Maruba Iwa'
|9) H. tardiflora
||This small hosta is the last to bloom
for us. Its leaves are shiny, dark green and lance shaped. The
flowers are light lavender and borne in abundance on 12 inch scapes.
Note: Nomenclature changes recommended in the
1991 book The
Genus Hosta by
W. George Schmid and accepted by The American Hosta Society would update names as follows:
H. tortifrons is now H. 'Tortifrons'
and H. tardiflora is H. 'Tardiflora'.
An article by Dr. Ben J.M. Zonneveld in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "...I
found in the garden of Hideko Gowen,..I also found a seedling of H. 'Salute' (a
H. rupifraga ×
H. kikutii prunosa cross or, is H. 'Blue Cadet' also
involved?). It had a total of eight scapes in bud...The peculiar thing was that
there was just a single crown with about eight leaves. Surely a plant to give
medium-sized hosta which I value for its
thick, smooth, dark green foliage. The
plant presents a neat and symmetrical
appearance. The dusty-lavender flowers
are numerous and very attractive. This
plant is offered by
Schmid Gardens for $30.00."