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Hosta Silver Crown

AHS – 1987

This hosta is one of the standbys of the Hosta world and much mystery surrounds the history of this plant.  Many millions of people have it in their gardens so naturally regional variations exist and then are moved around the world. I believe this to be the most “shared” plant of all time. Back in the 21st century these were among the first hostas available and many plants were said to be part of the species “fortune”, but were actually unrelated.  This group of green cultivars and variegated sports has now been renamed as multiple different cultivars.  To add to the confusion these plants have been sold under a variety of different names over the years, some “correct” and some not. Most of the sports are protégé of “Fortunei Hyacinthina”. There were so many of the similar looking and sometimes unrelated sports with white margines that eventually they were sort of grouped together under the name of “Fortunei Albomarginata” or “Silver Crown”.

Dark to medium- green, ovate, leaves, usually about 10 x 7” have an irregular wide white margin. This plant grows extremely fast and so is great for massing.  You often see them alternating with dark hostas. Mature plants form draping mounds 2 feet wide by 1 ½ feet tall that can take a half day of sun.


Hosta September Sun

Bob Solberg 1985

September sun is a sport of ‘August Moon’ selected by James Massey.

The leaves are gold with dark green margin. There is a high contrast between margin and center and the color grows more pronounced as the season progresses. The round to heart shaped leaves are heavily corrugated and stand up to slugs due to their excellent substance. They are 6” x 7” and have 8 veins.

Near white flowers bloom in late summer on 3 foot spikes.

This erect mound is 3 feet across by 1.5 feet tall. The plant is a really good grower when given some morning sun.


Hosta Regal splendor

By Walters Gardens – 1987

Regal Splendor is a majestic variegated sport of Krossa Regal and also has the signature feature of the upright vase shaped form. It was the hosta of the year in 2003 and is large at about 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall with 12 x 7 inch leaves. The frosty blue-green leaves are cordate and have an undulating, irregular, white to creamy yellow margin that can take a little sun without burning due to heavy texture. This stately plant is topped with lavender flowers on 4 foot scapes in late July.


Hosta Red October

Roy Herold/AHS/Walek 2009

Striking dark red petioles hold lance shaped very dark green/blue leaves. Leaves are 8” x 4” and somewhat erect. The red blends into the leaf blades and also spreads up the scapes. The glaucous leaves are silver white on the underside.

The name is perfect for it. Red petioles and it blooms in October. It has a very heavy bloom with lavender flowers on a 1.5 foot scape, and at a time when many of the others are already starting to go dormant. Red October is one of the very last to go dormant too, so it’s perfect for the far north.


Hosta Radiant Edger

By Zilis – 1990

Hosta Radiant Edger and Little Wonder

Hosta Radiant Edger and Little Wonder

This small hosta is a sport of Gold Edger. A small, cute fast growing hosta; Radiant Edger has round green leaves with a wide gold margin that will streak to the center a little bit. It forms a nice mound gradually spreading to a patch, never getting more than 10 to 12 inches with 22 inch scapes bearing lavender flowers. This hosta will produce more quickly given a little sun. Though not tall the clumps can reach 30” wide.  Excellent form and color contrast make it a nice one to mass plant.


Hosta Queen Josaphine

By Kuk – 1991

Hosta Blue Cadet, Krossa Regal, Fire Island and Queen Josephine

Hosta Blue Cadet, Krossa Regal, Fire Island and Queen Josephine

Queen Josephine is a sport of Josephine and her stand out feature is her beautiful shinny dark green leaves with bright lemon yellow margins; so glossy that they look wet. The plant is medium sized topping out at around 2 ½ feet wide and it’s loose vase shaped form reaches a little over 1 ½ feet tall.  This medium fast grower waits till August to send up lavender flowers on 33” scapes.


Hosta Praying Hands

G. Williams 1996

Praying hands

Praying hands

One of the most unusual hosta around; extremely long, rippled dark green leaves have a waxy shine and a very thin yellow margin. The leaves are held straight upright and are folded and wavy, giving a twisted appearance.

These will never be mistaken for another hosta and they look interesting placed among the mounding hostas.

Light lavender flowers will appear midsummer. Amazing!

Each small 18″ wide clump resembles many hands folded in prayer.


Hosta Platinum Tiara

By Walters Gardens – 1987

A gorgeous, unique hosta; Platinum Tiara has small (4 x4”), round, chartreuse leaves with a white margin that most often is a narrow, ribbon but is variable with some streaking. It won the 1989 Eldren Minks Distinguished Merit Award. Subtly striped lavender flowers appear in June and July on 2 foot scapes.  This is a stable sport of Golden Tiara that is the color of Golden Scepter; spreads a little and is vigorous for such a light hosta.


Hosta Pineapple Upsidedown Cake

Mark Zilis/Bob Solberg 1999

This sport of H.’Pineapple Poll’ is a medium clump of long lance-shaped (4” x 10”) leaves and is wonderfully variegated.

The leaf emerges with a gold green center and a darker green margin and then depending on what kind of light it is in and progressing as the seasons change, it turns more gold and eventually near white. The leaves are ruffled and have very heavy substance.

The rapidly growing clump can be 2.5 feet wide, but is mounding rather than tall so it could be placed closer to the front.

Light lavender flowers appear in late July.

You gotta love the name.


Hosta Pilgrim

By Rasmussen/Malloy – 1997

Thought to be a sport of Flamboyant, Pilgrim is a fast growing front of the border, small to medium sized hosta at 20 inches wide by 8 tall. The grey green leaves have a wide golden margin that turns white as the leaves age. The leaves are ribbed, a little wavy and a little cupped. Flowers are lavender. I have given this as a gift with “Elvis lives” to lovers of “the King”.


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