Hosta takahashii

Hosta takahashii (Y. Araki 1942)

Subgenus Schmid Giboshi Zonneveld  
Section Schmid Tardanthae Zonneveld  
Hosta Library species file Hosta takahashii
Origin Japan, central Japan, border region between Shiga Prefecture and Gifu Prefecture, in the general area of Mount Ibuki.  See Map.
Habitat The shaded slopes of Mount Ibuki.
Japanese name Shihizo Giboshi = Shihizo's hosta, after Takahashi Shihizo, a Japanese hosta collector.
Plant 50–65 cm diameter x 30 cm high (20–26 x 12").
Leaf Petiole 17.5–25 cm (7–10"), slightly winged, erect, green with purple-dotted at the base, lighter above.
Leaf 12.5–20 cm x 10–17 cm wide (5–8 x 4–6.7"), erect, broadly ovate, petiole transition truncate, cordate, slightly undulate, wavy in the margin, smooth, shiny light, elm green above, glossy lighter green below, tip acuminate.
5–8 pairs of veins, sunken above, very projected, smooth below.
Inflorescense Scape 65–80 cm long (26–32"), erect, green, purplish red dotted at the base.
Sterile bracts 3(5), clasping the stem; fertile bracts, navicular, long, thick, grooved, green, persisting, not withering at anthesis.
Raceme 30 cm (12"), 15–30 flowers.
Flowers 3.5–4.5 cm long x 3–4 cm broad (1.5–2 x 1.25–1.50"), purple-violet,  perianth expanding, in the central part slightly dilated bell-shaped, lobes spreading, half open, short pedicels, projecting stamens.
Anthers densely purple-dotted.
Seed pods light green, purple-dotted.
Blooming Time September
Fertility Partially fertile
Growing conditions  
Suitable for containers  
Special remarks  
In Hosta Mill Collection H. takahashii 'Gosan' (W.G. Schmid)