Hosta aequinoctiiantha ((G. Koidzumi ex Y. Araki 1942/AHS 1993)
|Hosta Library species file||Hosta aequinoctiiantha|
|Origin||Japan, southeastern part of the Gifu prefecture, near the Shiga prefecture border. See map|
|Japanese name||Ohigan Giboshi =hosta of the autumnal equinox, because it flowers at this time of year|
|Plant||Small, 35–40 cm diameter, 30 cm high (14–16 inch x 12 inch).|
|Petiole||12.5–17.5 cm (5–7") long, erect, green, purple dotting starting at leaf base, becoming progressively darker towards ground.|
|Leaf||7.5–12.5 x 5-7.5 cm (3–5 x 2-3"), erect and in line with the petiole, oval-ovate, petiole transition rounded, truncate, smooth, wavy, thin; tip acuminate, cuspidate; green to dark green above, lighter, opaque green below. pairs of veins 4–6 (7), sunken above, very projected, smooth below.|
Scape 25–45 cm (10–18"), straight, but oblique,
purple-dotted at base, greener above, smooth round. Fertile
bracts 1 cm long (0.3") navicular, thin, membranous, white
or whitish green, purple-tinted at first, imbricated, not
Raceme 120 cm (6–8") long with 10–20 flowers.
Flowers white outside in bud, pale purple later, bell-shaped, held erect in horizontal position on long, strong horizontal or slightly ascending purple pedicels, perianth 5 cm (2") long, funnel shaped. Anthers purple, uniformly dotted.
|Growing conditions||Light, shady position. Sun tolerance unknown to me.|
|Suitable for containers||Yes|
Close relative of H. longipes.
It remains a small plant in culture; many of the cultivated plants don't represent the true species.
|In Hosta Mill Collection||Yes, since 2007|