Hosta tardiva
aka Nankai Gibōshi or Late Plantainlily

This species was found on Honshu and Shikoku Islands of Japan by Mr. Nakai in 1930. It  has dark green, lanceolate leaves that form a medium size (12 to16 inch high by 22 to 32 inch wide) upright mound. It bears semi-bell-shaped, medium purple flowers with purple anthers in September.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "A plant sold for many years in the U.S. as  Hosta tardiva does not fully conform to the true species and is now called 'Southern Comfort'."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Rarely grown in gardens. A plant for serious collectors."

Mark Zilis' Field Guide to Hostas (2014) states that this species was found in Japan on "...hillsides...'



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