Hosta 'Alvatine Taylor'

A sport of H. 'Lady in Waiting', this cultivar was registered by Eldren Minks of Fairway Enterprises in 1990. Its height is 24 inches and forms a large size mound about 48 inches wide. The leaves have thick substance and are slightly corrugated. Its near white flowers appear starting in mid-June followed by viable seeds.

Mark Zilis (2009), states "...makes a good non-burning substitute for 'Frances Williams'."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Winner of the 1998 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award...Differs from similar hostas in having a muted, golden-yellow leaf margin, longer leaves, and an ability to withstand sun damage."

The only person we could find with this name was a Mrs Alvatine Taylor Yates of Indianapolis who passed away in 2001 at the age of 93. There are also daylilies named for this person.

bullet H. 'Cinderella'
bullet H. 'Laura and Darrell'
bullet H. 'Doubloons'

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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