MyHostas.net Database                                                         Schmid Species Article

rupifraga is in Japan known as the Hachijo Giboshi, the “Hachijo hosta,” named for Hachijojima, an island located in the Pacific Ocean 350 km (220 miles) south of Tokyo. The botanical name comes from rupifragus = "growing in the cleft of rocks". It survives in the hostile environment of the rocky rim of Mount Hachijo-Fuji. It retains many of the features of longipes, to which it is related, but has broadly ovate, leathery, almost succulent leaves. Plants belonging to this species have a  heavy leaf substance that makes them favorite parents for hybridizing.

rupifraga

Photo by Clyde Crockett

rupifraga

Photo by Doug Beilstein

Unnamed rupifraga sport found in wild

Photo by Toyozo Nakayama

rupifraga

Photo by Ed McHugh

rupifraga

Photo by Ed McHugh

rupifraga

Photo by Ed McHugh

rupifraga

Photo by Gerhard & Renate Ragus

rupifraga

Photo by Viktoria Serafin