Hosta of the Day - minima

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Hosta of the Day - minima

Postby redcrx » Jul 30, 2018 7:48 pm

minima is a very tiny green plant. It's probably related to venusta - viewtopic.php?f=1&t=44077

Hosta Registry - not registered
MyHostas Database - not in the database
Hosta Library - not in the Library

But it does show up in Zilis's Hostapedia.

I have it growing in a trough. The leaves are really tiny. I just noticed it flowering.

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Re: Hosta of the Day - minima

Postby Tigger » Jul 31, 2018 4:29 pm

So this is interesting. I noted the pollen (anther) color right away. Schmid discusses "Minima/Minuta" in his monograph on H. venusta, identifying it as a non-valid cultivar name for a small-leaved selection of the species that has been around for many decades. Perhaps identical to 'Thumbnail', 'Tiny Tears', and others. But H. venusta is described as having purple anthers (or at least, not screaming yellow like these). The Hosta Library doesn't have good close-ups of these cultivars for comparison. Perhaps it's not all as simple as Schmid says.

I'd love to have some of that pollen!

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Re: Hosta of the Day - minima

Postby redcrx » Aug 01, 2018 4:24 am

How do you store pollen - or should I drive it over?

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