Although a few hosta species also
come from Korea and China, the vast majority of them originated
from the islands of Japan. Not only did the species come from
there but more recently, Japanese hybridizers and originators
have contributed many new cultivars to the world of hostas.
We have added many hostas which originated in Japan to our
of these hostas have been found in Japanese nurseries or in the
wild and have been
subsequently introduced into the U.S. and other countries. Others have been sent to
Hostaphiles such as
Peter Ruh who then registered them with
Hosta Society on behalf of the Japanese originator such as
Dr. Shuichi Hirao,
Dr. Fumio Maekawa,
Kenji Watanabe and others.
Many plants have been introduced with
names in English or other languages while most have Japanese
names. Hostas which originated in Japan are sorted below in alphabetical order.