Fumio Maekawa 1935/AHS 1993

Venusta is a Korean native and was originally found on Cheju Island. In Japan they call it Otome Giboshi, which means the beautiful maiden.

This miniature is one of the smallest species of hosta and it has been used widely in hybridizing today’s many miniatures.

Venusta multiplies quickly and though it is tiny the foliage is dense and the mound can spread via a creeping root stock. The leaves are very small and a dark satiny green. They are about the size of your thumb nail with 4 veins and are oval to heart shaped with slightly undulate edges.

The ridged slightly red scapes are about 10” tall and bear a profusion of violet flowers. Petioles are also reddish or have red spots.