H. kikutii
'Red Neck Heaven'

This self-pollinated seedling of H. kikutii caput-avis was registered by Tony Avent of Plant Delights Nursery in North Carolina in 1998. The narrowly ovate foliage with purple red petioles and marginal ripples forms a medium size mound about 13 inches high and 30 inches wide. In August, it bears very pale purple flowers atop recumbent scapes.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...in the background of many Tony Avent introductions including 'Birthday Cake', 'Deliverance', 'Electrocution', 'Skinny Dippin', and 'Stimulation'."

In an article about hybridizing by Tony Avent in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1),  Tony gives the following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Red Neck Heaven' - underrated, but awesome plant. This is a selection from seed from Japan of H. kikutii caput-avis. The dark petioles and white backed leaves are awesome...great form!"


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