Hosta venusta

aka Otome Gibōshi (Beautiful maiden hosta)

Originally from Korea, this species has slightly wavy, green, heart shaped leaves which are pinched at the squarish base. It is a miniature size (about 6 inches high by 20 inches wide) plant, forming a dense mound. The lavender flowers with darker veins and purple/yellow anthers appear from late June into July. Due to its size, H. venusta and its cultivars are favorites in rock gardens and in the front of beds and borders.

The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid (1991), says that this species is known as the "(beautiful) maiden hosta" in its native Korea.  H. gracillima is sometimes confused with H. venusta "...but the flowering scape of H. gracillima is smooth while that of H. venusta has ridges, and this difference can serve as a positive identifier."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "To many hosta collectors, H. venusta ranks as the top mini species."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "A variable species in leaf size and shape. More suitable for small containers and rock gardens than a border, where it is likely to become swamped by larger plants."

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

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Gibōshi' or H. venusta.

A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in The Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about H. venusta, "This is the smallest hosta species. Wild-collected examples of H. venusta vary considerably in size and appearance from this clone, which is the one widely available in commerce...tends to form a carpet rather than a clump as it matures."

An article by Glenn Herold in The Hosta Journal  (2014 Vol. 45 No. 1) states that, "Korea has eight native hosta species: Hosta capitata, H. clausa, H. jonesii, H. laevigata, H. minor, H. tsushimensis, H. venusta and H . yingeri. H. laevigata is closely related to H. yingeri, H. minor is closely related to H. venusta, and H. tsushimensis is closely related to H. jonesii."


"Most on the original list are BIG hostas. What is wrong with the tiny ones? I am surprised this one did not show up in the original list. It is very popular and everyone seems to have a clump. Not showy, perhaps, but neat and unique...It will multiply fast and make a nice ground cover. The flowers are lovely and there are many."

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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