Herb: Nankai-Giboshi

Latin name: Hosta tardiva

Family: Funkiaceae

Edible parts of Nankai-Giboshi:

Leaves and stems - cooked.

Description of the plant:


50 cm
(1 foot)

August to

Habitat of the herb:

Relatively dry open areas.

Propagation of Nankai-Giboshi:

Seed - sow spring in a lightly shaded position in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Germination usually takes place within 1 - 3 months at 10C. Make sure you keep the compost moist. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Division is possible at almost any time of the year so long as there is sufficient moisture. It is best carried out in March as growth commences or in early autumn if the soil is not too dry. Hostas can be left undivided for many years and should not be divided any more frequently than once every 3 - 5 years to allow the leaves to reach maturity.

Cultivation of the herb:

Relatively dry open areas.

Medicinal use of Nankai-Giboshi:

None known

Known hazards of Hosta tardiva:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.