Hosta 'Antioch'

This typical H. 'Fortunei' type hosta was originated by Cynthia Tompkins of Oregon and registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio and Paul Hofer of Antioch Farms in Ohio in 1979. It has become one of the classic marginal variegated hostas and it is a fast grower. The plant forms a large size (24 inches high by 56 inches wide) mound with medium lavender flowers in mid to late July.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000) states that "Originally developed by Cynthia Tompkins in the 1920's, it has been sold under a variety of names including Hosta fortunei aureo-marmorata, 'Moorheimii' and 'Spinners'. Additionally 'Fortunei Albomarginata' ('Silver Crown') is often confused with 'Antioch'."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...continues to be sold by many sources as 'Moerheim', 'Hadspen Rainbow' and 'Spinners'.

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...still rates highly among white-edged hostas for its vigorous growth rate and distinct variegation."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Emerges late. Winner of the 1984 Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Hosta Award."

Warren I. Pollockwrote about H. 'Antioch' by  in The Hosta Journal (1985 Vol. 16), "Chet Tompkins of Canby, Oregon believes he can trace this hosta to one of his mother's plants dating back to 1928...Among the several hosta varieties that his mother sold to the old Wayside Gardens of Mentor, Ohio, from 1936 to 1940, one had the designation "1928 #7 W.E." (W.E. meant White Edged.) Most assuredly this hosta is the one we now call H. 'Antioch'...I have a copy of the 1973 Wayside Gardens' catalogue and it lists "H. fortunei aurea marmorta"...another example where nursery people -- not botanists -- have given a Latin botanical name to a hosta..."aurea marmorta" means "marbled with gold"...Chet Tompkins' mother's "1928 #7 W.E." became "H. fortunei Aurea Marmorata" which gave way to H. 'Antioch'."

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009) says this about Chet Tompkins' mother, "Cynthia Tompkins was way ahead of her time, considering that 'Snowbound' and many of her other cultivars predated the formation of The American Hosta Society by more than thirty years. In fact, one could make a case for her being considered the first American hosta hybridizer. The only difference between her and people like Frances Williams, Elizabeth Nesmith, and Eunice Fisher was the lack of publicity for her plants."

In an article about leaf color change in The Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1), Warren I. Pollockcites an extract from The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid (1991) on seasonal changes in hosta leaf colors with the following definitions:

Viridescence Emerging with yellow or whitish color that ultimately become increasingly green. An example is H. 'Fortunei Albopicta' whose green-bordered leaves have a beautiful, bright yellow-colored center in the spring that turns to green by midseason.
Partial Viridescence Emerging with yellow or whitish color that turns to chartreuse (yellowish green), sometimes a dark chartreuse. One example is H. 'Kabitan'; two others are 'Golden Scepter'...and the center leaf coloring of 'Golden Tiara'.
Lutescence Emerging green or chartreuse and turning yellow or whitish yellow. The coloring of leaf centers of 'Gold Standard'. an example.
Albescence Yellow, yellowish green or green areas that turn to near white. Examples are the center leaf coloring of 'Janet'...and the margins of 'Antioch'...and H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'.

An article in The Hosta Journal (1995 Vol. 26 No. 1) citing Vol. 1, #2, Fall 1993, Great Lakes Region Newsletter included a list of 10 Classic Hostas from renowned hostaphile,  Peter Ruh:

Bob Keller wrote a piece titled Too Many Lookalikes in The Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 2) where he stated that, "There are other examples of lookalikes being registered. H. 'Ellerbroek' and 'Fortunei Aureomarginata' are nearly identical in my view, as are 'Antioch' and 'Spinners'. H. 'Patriot' and Minuteman'; 'Great Escape', 'Sleeping Beauty', 'First Frost' and 'El Nino'; White Bikini' and 'Risky Business' - the list goes on...H. 'Blue Flame' and 'Secret Love', are both sports of 'Fragrant Blue', are very similar. There are a host of margined 'Sum and Substance' lookalikes."

"AHS multiple award winner: Eunice Fisher Award, 1986...Alex J. Summers Distinguished Merit Award Hosta, 1984, selected by Peter Ruh...Plants sold in the United Kingdom under the names H. 'Goldbrook' and H. 'Spinners' are very similar but have narrower leaves which may become wider and equal to H. 'Antioch'...According to Tompkins (1985), a similar taxon was given the seedling number 1928-7 W E in the 1920s and has subsequently been identified as H. 'Antioch'. Side-by-side comparisons of H. 'Shogun' and H. 'Antioch' show both to be very much alike. In all of these plants the margin color starts out yellow and turns white. Hosta 'Antioch' is frequently and incorrectly sold as H. 'Fortunei Albomarginata' but the latter is a distinct plant when mature...and has margins that start out almost white and remain that color."

Antioch is an ancient city in Turkey.



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