Hosta 'Alakazaam'

This cultivar is a hybrid of an unnamed seedling of H. 'Marbled Cream' × H. 'Atom Smasher' which was registered by Ron Livingston of Michigan in 2008 and was granted a U.S. patent in 2010. It is a small size plant (7 inches high by 12 inches wide) with medium green foliage and a golden yellow marginal variegation. The leaves are heavily rippled, slightly shiny on top, deeply folded, lanceolate and intensely wavy. Medium lavender, tubular flowers bloom from July into August.

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Needs morning sun and once established will grow well. Ideal for pots and containers."

The patent application lists the following as similar cultivars: "Pineapple Punch' has a much larger leaf and habit, a darker leaf center and taller flower scapes than 'Alakazaam'. 'Atom Smasher’, the pollen parent, has solid yellow leaves and smaller habit than 'Alakazaam'."

United States Patent: PP22342  (2011)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Alakazaam’ characterized by compact short habit with predominantly horizontal lance-shaped leaves of, apple-green with rippled pie-crust margins of yellow to creamy white and lavender flowers beginning in mid July, effective for three weeks.


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