Hosta nakaiana

Family: Liliaceae (lil-ee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Hosta (HOSS-tuh) (Info)
Species: nakaiana
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Plant Size (check one):

Medium (leaf 25-81 square inches; plant 10-18 tall)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Partial to Full Shade

Full Shade

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Growing Habit:


Growth Rate:


Leaf Shape:


Leaf Appearance:


Degree to which the appearance is present:


Leaf Texture (top):


Leaf Texture (bottom):

Slightly Shiny

Leaf Substance:

3 (Average)

Leaf Color:

Medium Green

Color of Leaf Margin:

No margin

Number of Vein Pairs:

Fewer than 9

Appearance of Margin:

Slightly Rippled

Margin Width:

No margin

Bloom Time:


Flower Shape:


Flower Fragrance:

Unknown - Tell us

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Near White

Deep Purple

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Machesney Park, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Elberfeld, Indiana

Northbridge, Massachusetts

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 11, 2005, lmelling from Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Hosta nakaiana becomes a very dense, symmetrical mound of low-growing, green, heart-shaped foliage to about 12" h x32" wide. Leaves are 3-3/4" long by 2-7/8" wide; medium green, dull on top but moderately shiny underneath. The blade is heart-shaped with a slightly wavy margin, average substance, no corrugation and with 6-7 vein pairs. A gold color develops in mid-October.

Flowers are a narrow funnel shape, medium purple with a lighter throat. Scapes are 15" - 23" with the flowers clustered in the top 2-1/2" of each scape. There are many scapes per clump and many seed pods develop. The blooming season is fairly short in duration.

Great for use as an edger, low ground cover, or rock garden plant. Has been used in many breeding programs over the years.