Hosta  [species] nakaiana

Hosta Size: Medium <strong>10 inches to 18 inches tall</strong><br />Leaf 25 to 81 sq inches

10 inches to 18 inches tall
Leaf 25 to 81 sq inches
Growth Habit: Mounded
Mounded Habit
Leaf Shape: heartshaped
Leaf Shape: heartshaped
Leaf SubstanceAverage
Mature Plant Vein Pair Count9 or Less
Hosta Width24 inches
Growth RateFast
Leaf AppearanceModerately Wavy
Leaf ColorGreen-Medium
Leaf Margin ColorNoMargin
Leaf Margin FormRippled-Slight
Leaf Texture TOPDull
Leaf Texture BOTTOMShiny-Slight
The amount of sun that Hosta  [species] nakaiana tolerates is 20%
Sun Tolerance: 20%
Bloom ColorNear White
Bloom ShapeFunnel
Bloom Scape Height23 inches
Sets Seed?Hosta  <i>[species]</i> <i>nakaiana</i> SETS SEED
 Remove seeds from dry pods. Best if pods dry on plant.
Seed can be stored, if dry.

Sported Into: Duchess
Pod Parent For: Allan P. McConnell, Apple Green, Betty, Big Hearted, Blue Boy, Bountiful, Candy Hearts, Dear Heart, Dick's Delight, Dixie Queen, Drummer Boy, Egret, Floradora, Fond Hope, Goldbrook Genie, Golden Jubilee, Golden Surprise, Golden Tiara, Happy Hearts, Heartleaf, Holly's Hybrid, Kilowatt, Lemon Lime, Lorna, Lucky Charm, Marquis, Pastures New, Peter Pan, Purple Dwarf, Shells at Sea, Soft Touch, Special Gift, Valentine Lace, Bacchanal, Unnamed 39
Pollen Parent For: Oxheart, Rim Rock, Warwick Edge

Notes: Low growing hosta species having dense mound of green heart-shaped leaves. A mature mound might well be 32x12" with 15-23" scapes. The leaves are dull on top with a slightly shiny surface on the undersides. The margins are wavy and have no corrugation. Substance is unexceptional. Flowers are purple with a lighter throat and scapes are proportional to mound size. Considered an edger or rock garden plant, it produces copious amounts of seed which, according to Zilis, generally produce a larger plant than the parent; this points to the possibility that what we have been growing in the U.S. is a dwarf-sized nakaiana clone. Schmid and Maekawa disagree as to the source of the wild population of this hosta in Japan. There are a number of false names for it, including 'Burke's Dwarf', "Krossa E6," 'Bell Baby', and nakaimo minor. Zilis's list of seedlings and other related types is impressive. Some of the more famous are 'Betty', 'Birchwood Gem', 'Candy Hearts', 'Dear Hearts', 'Dixie Queen', 'Floradora', 'Duchess', 'Golden Tiara', 'Marquis, 'Pearl Lake', 'Peter Pan', 'Warwick Curtsey', and 'Warwick Edge'. As one can see from this "short" list it has been involved in many hybridizers' breeding programs.


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