This large size (24
inches high by 40 inches wide) hosta is a sport of H.
'Five O'Clock Somewhere' which was registered by
Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in
2009. It has intensely
blue-green foliage with a golden yellow marginal
variegation. The leaves are lightly twisted, slightly
folded, slightly wavy, broadly ovate and
corrugated. Pale lavender flowers bloom on scapes up to
36 inches high from June into July.
materials state: "...very wide margined, narrow
centered, heavily substanced, tetraploid-like
characteristics, unique color..."
According to the
2019 AHS Online Auction webpage,
"There is a shaggy-dog story involved with this
starts with the late Mildred Seaver's old, highly
regarded, large gold-leaved 'High
Noon' of unidentified parentage, which wasn't registered
until 2004. Its cultivar name comes from the title of
the Oscar(R) Academy Award winning movie "High Noon"
staring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.
H. 'High Noon' was tissue-culture propagated by
Bob Solberg's Green Hill Nursery and a green-margined
sport was found. Very aptly and cleverly, Bob named it 'Five
O'Clock Shadow': "shadow" of course referring to its
margin. He registered it in 2000.
'Five O'Clock Shadow' was TCed and 'Five O'Clock
Somewhere' (there's an apt story about this name, too)
sported with green margin and thick leaves. Bob
registered it in 2004.
'Five O'Clock Somewhere' sported (not in TC) 'After
Midnight', which Bob registered in 2009.
'After Midnight' makes a tall upright clump having
heavily-substanced leaves with very wide, deep yellow
margin and narrow blue-green center. Variegation is
unusual, perhaps unique. Leaves have tetraploid-like
characteristics (but are not partial or total tetraploid).
Check out the leaf