Hosta shikokiana (N. Fujita 1976)
|Hosta Library species file||Hosta shikokiana|
|Origin||Japan, Shikoku Island, Ehime Prefecture and Kochi Prefecture. See Map.|
|Habitat||A mountain-dwelling species, growing on wet rock outcrops and ridge lines above altitude ± 3000 ft. (± 1000 m).|
|Japanese name||Shikoku Giboshi = Hosta from Shikoku Island.|
|Plant||25 cm diameter x 15 cm high (12 x 6").|
Petiole 10 cm (4"), erect, green purple-spotted lower half.
Leaf 18–20 cm x 7.5–8 cm wide (7–8 x 3–4"), entire-elliptical, ovate to ovate-cordate, petiole-leaf transition shortly attenuate, no waves or very slight waves in margin, not rugose, shiny green above, shiny lighter green below, tip very pointed, acuminate.
8–10 pairs of veins, closely spaced, projected below and papillose.
Scape 40 cm long (16"), oblique, leaning in the upper part,
smooth round, purple-dotted for the most part.
Sterile bracts, 2–3 tightly clasping stem; fertile bracts, lanceolate, navicular, loosely imbricate, not open at flowering, purplish, withering but persistent at anthesis, ±2 cm x 0.5 cm wide ( 0.75 x 0.20").
Raceme short, densely imbricated, 5–8 flowers.
Flowers purple to pale purple, 5 cm long (2"), carried horizontally on strong, 1.2 cm long (0.5") purple pedicels. Perianth expanding, funnel-shaped, in the central part dilated slightly bell-shaped, lobes spreading ±angled to the axis of perianth. Stamens exceeding the perianth.
|Suitable for containers|
|Special remarks||Very rare in collections, and even then often mislabeled.|
|In Hosta Mill Collection|