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Hosta Species, Plantain Lily

Hosta kikutii

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

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


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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

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):

Slightly Shiny

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:

Slightly Fragrant

Does it set seed?:

Yes; seed is viable

Bloom Color:

Pure White

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:

Ames, Iowa

Cincinnati, Ohio

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 28, 2004, Shadyfolks from Chesterland, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have grown this plant for 3+ years. It is a fast grower, and made an attractive clump. I had it growning in quite a sunny spot. Mid to late morning sun, no high-noon sun and no late in the day sun and it thrived. I recently moved it about a month ago to a spot near the creek only spotty morning sun and the air circulation not as good (high humidity), It's dying. I like this plant a lot, I need to move it soon before I loose the whole clumb.


On Apr 15, 2004, henryr10 from Cincinnati, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

After spending the winter in an unprotected pot w/ minimal snowcover and a few subzero nights, this was our first hosta up.
In fact it was the last hosta up also.

I'm very impressed w/ the toughness and beauty of the
H. kukitii.
Not a showy member of the Family for sure, just a good stable species plant.
If you're starting to burn out on all the new cultivars and ready to try some of the old species Hosta give this one a long look.

The long tubes and high scapes make it easy to spot.
After 5 years in a pot it is still happily blooming away.
One of the last hostas to bloom.
This late flowering gives it a nice place in the shade garden.