Mito-No-Hana – photo courtesy of  Gail Osmundsen Russo

(10-17-18) We have breeders right now working hard to develop a red hosta, streakers and other special varieties, meanwhile Mother Nature decided to add a wonderful looking ‘striper’ called Mito-No-Hana.  It could lead to a new trend of what breeders hope to build on, the ‘striper’.

When you first see the photo of Mito-No-Hana you might think it is photo-shopped, but wow…this is the real deal.

The picture above, from Gail Osmundsen Russo, shows the sport of sieboldii selection that originally came from Japan, that catches the eye of every person who as ever had an interest in hostas.

Mito-no-Hana’  was an introduction of the Tenjin Yama Bunen Nursery located in Mito City, Ibaragi Pref, Japan. Toyozo Nakayama

A yellow stripe runs along each vein in the leaves. Striping fades as summer progresses, with just a few center leaves retaining the yellow veining by early July. Foliage is slightly wavy with a smooth texture; purple flowers in late summer on scapes up to 46″ high, forms seed pods (no known progeny at this time).

Hosta Heritage Lines

  • sieboldii selection from Japan (Japan/Paxton/Ingram/AHS 1993)
  • For being known by many as a common hosta, sieboldii has produced numerous offspring and sports.

Mito-No-Hana is considered to be rare, but you can purchase them, most are over a $100 dollars, but to many it is worth that cost.

Did you know….

Amime Tachi Giboshi is a very similar hosta, and is a selection of rectifolia , introduced by Kuroishi Wildflower Farm located in Kuroishi City , Ibaragi Prefecture,

Toyozo Nakayama provided Bette Comfry with a plant which she donated to the AHS auction, not knowing it was infected with virus X, it proved to be infected and Comfry destroyed all plants she had.

Meanwhile, Nakayama provided Jim Hawes with a plant of Amime Tachi Giboshi, which was a very similar, but a slightly different individual plant from Comfry’s plant. This plant was not destroyed but was put it into isolation. It outgrew the virus and while in tissue culture  is now almost all green instead of the typical plant with yellow veins.