Hosta 'Abiqua Gold Shield'

This plant, a seedling of H. 'White Vision', was originated by Dr. Charles Purtymun at Walden West Nursery of Oregon. It was registered in 1986. The giant size clump is 29 inches tall and 66 inches wide at maturity. Leaves are heavily corrugated, slightly cupped and have thick substance. It is NOT susceptible to spring desiccation burn like some similar hostas.

Similar cultivars include H. 'Abiqua Recluse' and H. 'Zounds'.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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