Hosta laevigata (W. George Schmid/AHS 1993)
|Hosta Library species file||Hosta laevigata|
|Origin||Korea, islands of the Huksan Group (Huksan-chedo) on Taehuksan (Tae-huksan-do) off the southwestern coast of Korea opposite the province of Chollanam-do. See Map.|
|Habitat||Coastal area, in soil on talus slopes, some shade|
|Japanese name||Laevigata Giboshi = the polished hosta|
|Plant||30–75 cm diameter x 18 cm high (12–30 x 8 "), vase-shaped.|
Petiole 1.5–2.5 cm (0.75–1.0"), erect, spreading, tapering
into and becoming part of leaf without noticeable
transition, medium green.
Leaf 9–15 x 2–3.5 cm (3.5–7 x 0.75–1.5 "), erect and in line with petiole, petiole transition gradual, narrowly lanceolate, undulate, wavy-crispate in the margin, keeled, long, acuminate, contorted tip, erect-spreading, very shiny, dark green above, smooth, extremely glossy, polished, lighter green below.
3–4 (5), pairs of veins, very smooth above, projected, smooth below.
Scape 35–90 cm (14–36 "), straight and erect, stiff, green.
Sterile bracts, 3–5, lowest lanceolate, wavy, foliaceous 3–5 cm (1–2 "); fertile bracts, short, 5–10 mm (0.25–0.5 ") navicular, green, remaining fresh at anthesis.
Pedicels, short 4–6 mm, shorter or equal to fertile bracts, bending down; Raceme long, 12–20 cm (5–8 "), 5–20 flowers.
Flowers large, 5 cm long, 4 cm broad (2 x 1.50 "), purple-suffused, lobes very narrow, spreading rapidly, recurving, wide open, spider-flowered, equally arranged around the stem, held erect in ±horizontal position on strong pedicels, lobes pale purple suffused with slightly darker veins, white throat, expanding, funnel-shaped, spider-flowered.
Capsules blunt tipped.
Stamens conspicuously exserted, 3 short and 3 long with filaments attached to narrow tube.
|Fertility||Fertile, difficult to pollinate|
|Suitable for containers|
|In Hosta Mill Collection||Yes|