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‘Tortifrons’ is called Kogarashi Giboshi, the “autumn wind hosta,” was found in a garden near Tokyo by Okami. It was reduced to cultivar rank by Schmid (1991). It must be vegetatively propagated to retain its very narrow, twisted leaves. It is very late blooming (“in the autumn wind”), and is fertile with some of the seedlings exhibiting its odd twisted appearance. It appears to be a highly unusual longipes mutation found in the wild. Difficult to grow well.

George wrote:
The leaves broaden and lose their twist sometimes. I found that this sport is not as stable as once thought. I moved mine into more sun later as it also began to lose its twist. That seems to help. There are several, different clones out there, some have really narrow leaves and others wider ones. Some plants under the name H. 'Tortifrons' are not! Since 'Tortifrons' comes from H. longipes f. sparsa (= sparse flowering), there are but very few flowers on it. Mine usually have about a dozen or so. 'Tardiflora' has many more scapes and flowers and I have counted 50 or more flowers on it.
W. George Schmid

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Kevin Walek

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Carol Brashear

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Clyde Crockett

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Mike Groothuis

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Wolfgang Putz

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Mary Vertz

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Hugo Philips

Tortifrons (Japan/Maekawa NR)

Photo by Hugo Philips