Hosta 'Afterglow'

This is one of those cases where there are two hostas with the same name. One is registered (shown above) and, therefore, the "official" version of H. 'Afterglow' while the other is a non-registered plant and needs to be renamed.

This is a tissue culture sport of H. 'Climax' which was discovered by Susan Lichacz and registered in 2012 by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan. It is a large size plant about 20 inches tall with a medium growth rate. The foliage is a medium green color with a wide, yellow marginal variegation. Its leaves are dull on top with a glaucous bloom on the bottom. From late June into July, it bears tubular, pale lavender flowers.

The patent application lists the following as similar cultivars:  "...'Afterglow' is less rugose with a more rounded leaf than 'Academy Blushing Recluse'. The new plant has a less pointed leaf apex and is larger in leaf and habit than 'El Capitan' and more rounded in habit with less pointed in leaf apex than 'Erie Magic'. Compared to 'Afternoon Delight' the new plant has wider yellow variegation of the margins, and in comparison to 'Goodness Gracious' the new plant has a more rounded leaf, with deeper impressed adaxial veins and less acute apex. In comparison to 'Climax’, the new plant has a wider yellow variegation of the margin."

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Afterglow' (Walters)

United States Patent: PP26755 (2016)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Afterglow’ characterized by upright mounded habit, heart-shaped leaves with broad yellow margins and green leaf centers and light lavender buds opening to pale lavender flowers beginning in late June on arching scapes.


According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this hybrid of H. 'Atom Smasher' × H. 'Razer' is a non-registered cultivar from Ron Livingston of Michigan. It forms a semi-upright mound with gold foliage that is cupped and rippled.

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2015 Vol. 46 No. 1) states that hosta hybridizer Ron Livingston has changed the name of one of his plants from H. 'Afterglow' aka H. 'After Glow' to H. 'Tremont Afterglow' which he registered in 2013. Walters Gardens registered a plant named H. 'Afterglow' in 2012.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Ace of Spades' (Livingston)

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