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nakaiana is a low growing species with a tightly packed mound of heart-shaped green leaves. A mature mound might well be 32x12" with 15-23" scapes. The leaves are dull on top with a slightly shiny surface on the undersides. The margins are wavy and have no corrugation. Substance is unexceptional. Flowers are purple with a lighter throat and scapes are proportional to mound size. Considered an edger or rock garden plant, it produces copious amounts of seed which, according to Zilis, generally produce a larger plant than the parent; this points to the possibility that what we have been growing in the U.S. is a dwarf-sized nakaiana clone. Schmid and Maekawa disagree as to the source of the wild population of this hosta in Japan. There are a number of false names for it, including 'Burke's Dwarf', "Krossa E6," 'Bell Baby', and nakaimo minor. Zilis's list of seedlings and other related types is impressive. Some of the more famous are 'Betty', 'Birchwood Gem', 'Candy Hearts', 'Dear Hearts', 'Dixie Queen', 'Floradora', 'Duchess', 'Golden Tiara', 'Marquis, 'Pearl Lake', 'Peter Pan', 'Warwick Curtsey', and 'Warwick Edge'. As one can see from this "short" list it has been involved in many hybridizers' breeding programs.

nakaiana

Photo by Henk Hooijer

nakaiana

Photo by Patty Woodbury

nakaiana

Photo by Bob Axmear

nakaiana

Photo by Bob Axmear

nakaiana

Photo by Marvin Lemke