MyHostas.net Database                                                           Schmid Species Article

minor is something of a misunderstood species. Plant size in the wild tends toward medium, rather than the smaller plants that first moved around in the trade. The most notable and defining characteristic is ridges on the scape. Often confused with some forms of nakaiana and sometimes with capitata, which are also found in the wild in Korea.  The Japanese name for this species is Keirin Giboshi, which refers to its origins. The leaves are medium green with a dull upper surface and a whitish shiny underside. They have no corrugation and little marginal waviness. The blades are ovate. Some forms show a beautiful satiny finish to the wax on the upper surface of the leaf, like some forms of ventricosa. White-flowered forms are known and white-margined purple flowers more common. The petioles have some purple/red dotting. Zilis makes the case that it comes from native sites in Korea and that any Japanese population is renegade. He says that he knows of no sports, and it does not yet appear to be a major part of any breeding programs. There are still sieboldii seedlings being sold under this name. minor 'Gosan' is a selected individual of the species. 

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minor

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minor Gosan (W G Schmid)

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minor Gosan (W G Schmid)

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minor Gosan (W G Schmid)

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minor Gosan (W G Schmid)

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