Hosta pulchella (N. Fujita 1976)
|Hosta Library species file||Hosta pulchella|
|Origin||Japan, Kyushu Island, Kyushu Mountain Region, on the border between Miyazaki Prefecture and Oita Prefecture. See Map.|
|Habitat||This taxon evolved on isolated, high-altitude mountain peaks. It shares habitat with other alpine plant species and forms rare allopatric populations growing in exposed rock fissures.|
|Japanese name||Ubatake Giboshi = hosta from Ubatake (an ancient name for the Kyushu Mountain Region)|
|Plant||15–20 cm diameter x 10 cm high (6–8 x 4"). Rootstock creeping, moderately stoloniferous.|
Petiole 2.5–4.5 cm (1–20"), purple-spotted on back, green.
Leaf 2.5–4.5 cm x 1–2.5 cm wide (1–2 x 0.5–1", erect and in line with petiole, ovate-cordate, moderately wavy margin, erect, rigid, leathery, polished light to dark green above, glossy lighter green below, tip tapering to mucronate.
3–4 pairs of veins, sunken above, very projected, smooth, below.
Scape 12.5–30 cm long (5–12"), straight, obliquely
ascending, green, purplish red tinted in part or for the
Sterile bracts 1–3, clasping stem, withering by anthesis; fertile bracts short, navicular, grooved, green, loosely imbricate, persisting and not opening at flowering.
Raceme short, 3–10 flowers.
Tepals in bud light purple to purple outside, inside coloration a slightly colored field with 3 distinct darker stripes.
Perianth lobes light purple outside, narrow tube white, held erect on purple-tinted pedicels, 5 cm x 2 cm broad, funnel-shaped (in cultivation the tepal tips spread and recurve more so than in situ), stamens exserted.
|Suitable for containers|
|In Hosta Mill Collection|