Hosta "Tortifrons" review

=tardiflora 'Tortifrons'. 'Kogarashi Giboushi'. JN: Kogarashi Giboushi = the "Autumn Wind Hosta". Corkscrew leaves, thick, erect, rigid, leathery and shiny. Each leaf is different. Dark green with the petiole a part of the leaf. Purple dotted scapes with purple flowers. This is the curious twisted-leaf hosta that is apparently a form of the very late-blooming 'Tardiflora'; it blooms at the same time and the flowers are the same. It is a very nice woodland or rock garden plant with tough, thick, glossy leaves. The amount of twisting of the leaf varies; ours are most twisty when they have only a little shade and not too much fertilizer. Easy but slow to divide. Thick dark green corkscrew leaves, a very interesting plant that needs to be grown in lots of sun to get the leaves to corkscrew; blooms extremely late (late October here) w/ lavender flowers. Originally introduced in commerce as a species, but apparently there are no wild populations and, according to Schmid, it appears to be a cultivar from 'Tardiflora'.  Very narrow dark green leaves, only Ѕ" or so wide, 6" long, twisted and contorted.  Slow growing and very unusual, excellent for the rock garden. "Bizarre!" many people exclaim when they see this most unusual 3" wide hosta with skinny leaves twisting up at a 45 degree angle. This is an attention-getter in a bonsai pot! Slender, upright and leathery, the leaves are twisted and contorted on this conversation piece. Long, thin, twisting, turning, upright mound. Prolific lilac flowers.

Hosta "Tortifrons" information:

Size Category mini
Hosta height x width 15x40 cm (6x16 in.) inches
Leaf length x width 10x4 cm (4x2 in.) inches
Vein pairs 4
Leaf color
Leaf type corckscrew, leathery, shiny
Petiole corckscrew, leathery, shiny
Scape height 30 cm (12 in.)
Flower light lavender,striped,tubular
Flower length
Flowering period September - October
Fertile yes
Sports 'Kogarashi Nakafu' sport/yg
Progeny 'Corkscrew' = PP x 'One Man's Treasure' 'Silver Twist' = (sieboldii x venusta) x PP 'Tatsumaki' hybrid