Hosta calliantha (Y. Araki 1942)
|Hosta Library species file||Hosta calliantha|
|Origin||Japan, central part of the Kyoto Prefecture and eastern part of the Hyogo Prefecture. See Map.|
|Habitat||Wet bottom lands in valleys.|
|Japanese name||Fuji Giboshi = dark purple hosta, referring to the flower|
|Plant||40 cm diameter x 40 cm high (16 x 16")|
Petiole 15–30 cm long (6–12"), erect, green, broadly winged,
starting at the base, widening and merging into the leaf
Leaf 7.5–12 x 2.5–5.5 cm (3–4" x 1–2"), oblong-elliptical, erect, decurrent to petiole with very gradual transition, flat, smooth, shiny dark green above, tip obtuse.
3–5 pairs of veins, very impressed above, projected below.
Scape 50–80 cm (20–32") long, straight, erect, perpendicular
to ground, not bending, light green.
Sterile bracts 3–4, small, clasping stem; fertile bracts short, blunt, navicular, green, densely tunicated on the bud, bud clavate (club-shaped), bracts not withering at anthesis.
Raceme long, 7–19 flowers, widely spaced.
Flowers 5 cm long, 3.5 cm broad (2 x 1.5"), purple-striped, purple, thin narrow tube, perianth dilated, bell-shaped, lobes half open, pedicels 0.5 cm, slightly projecting stamen. Anthers yellowish, with some purple spots.
|Growing conditions||Needs lots of moisture.|
|Suitable for containers||It probably is|
|Special remarks||Very rarely seen in collections; plants grown under this name often are some other plant, belonging to the H. sieboldii complex.|
|In Hosta Mill Collection||No|