Hosta 'Abiqua Moonbeam'

This sport of H. 'August Moon' was registered in 1986 by Dr. Charles Purtymun at Walden West Nursery in Oregon. The plant grows to a large size about 26 inches in height with a 55 inch spread. Its leaves are green with a yellow marginal variegation. They are moderately corrugated with above average substance. The pale lavender flowers bloom from July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...ranks as the firs significant "Abiqua". It is also the first green-centered sport of 'August Moon' can serve as a non-burning replacement for 'Frances Williams'."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Leaves emerge yellow, the center gradually turning green."

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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