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Helonioides Albopicta (Japan 87)

Photo by Paul Henjum

Helonioides Albopicta (Japan 87)

Photo by Hank Zumach

Helonioides Albopicta (Japan 87)

Photo by Paul Henjum

Helonioides Albopicta (Japan 87)

Photo by Hank Zumach

Helonioides Albopicta (Japan 87)

Photo by Viktoria Serafin

‘Helonioides’ is in Japan called Hakama Giboshi, the “pleated skirt hosta.” It was found in cultivation in Yamagata Prefecture in northern Honshu. Described on the basis of cultivated material, it is considered a cultivar by Fujita, and Schmid reclassified as cultivars both the all-green form ‘Helonoides’ and the white-margined form, ‘Helonoides Alpopicta’. The original species name was chosen because its clumps resemble Helonias bulata, the Swamp Pink (helonioides = like Helonias). The green cultivar is rare in cultivation, but its white-margined sport is frequently seen.