This non-registered hosta
is from Japan but the originator is unknown. It is a
miniature size cultivar with lanceolate, green foliage
that has rippled margins. It bears lavender flowers and
is a medium to slow growing hosta. The
Fransen Hostas website says, "...looks
like 'Saishu Jima'
but is a bit larger."
was introduced from Japan by
LeRoy Davidson who received
it from Jack Craig under the name H. minor in
1967. Davidson reports that this taxon is a small plant
and probably not H. minor. Plants observed under
this name are very similar to H. gracillima but
H. 'Saishu Jima' has also been given this label,
and these taxa were probably mixed up in cultivation."
An article about name changes by W. George Schmid in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "Transliterated Japanese names which contain substantive words do not require
changes. For example H. 'Akebono Tokudama' listed in
Grenfell (1996) is an
acceptable name because Akebono means "dawn" (of the day) and is a substantive.
Other examples of such names are H. 'Hakujima' (a place name) and H. 'Umezawa'
(a person's name.)."