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montana is one of the most common hosta species. In Japanese it is called Oba Giboshi. In the wild it is represented by a wide range of forms, some glaucous and others shiny, some piecrusted, others with deeply impressed veins. Some leaves are very rounded while others can be fairly narrow. All have large leaves and will form at least medium-sized clumps under good conditions. It is one of the species most represented in hybridized modern plants. Double-flowered forms exist, as do numerous variegated sports. The Watanabe family is renowned for gathering a large number of these at their Gotemba Nursery in Japan. The following 6 are the most common montana types found in gardens: green species forms; montana var. macrophyllamontana 'Aureomarginata', yellow-margined; 'Mountain Snow', white-margined; 'Choko Nishiki' (also called 'On Stage'), yellow-centered; and 'Frosted Jade', also white-margined. 

montana in the wild

Photo by Toyozo Nakayama

montana in the wild

Photo by Toyozo Nakayama

montana

Photo by Mike Groothuis

montana

Photo by Clyde Crockett

montana

Photo by Paul Henjum

montana

Photo by Bob Axmear