Hosta 'August Moon'

This large size (20 inches high by 42 inches wide) hosta has broad, light green/yellow to gold colored foliage with  leaves that are moderately corrugated and oblong-ovate in shape with good substance. Pale lavender, funnel shaped flowers bloom from mid-July into August.

Although this cultivar of unidentified parentage has been around for a very long time, it was only registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 1996 on behalf of the originator, Richard Langfelder who gave a plant to Alex Summers of Delaware in 1964. It may appear to be in the H. 'Sieboldiana' form but it has several significant differences which say it has other parentage according to The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000).

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as one of the oldest and most greatly admired of all gold-leaved hostas. Every collector recognizes this plant...has been an outstanding source of both seedlings and sports. (In many instances, hostas that generate large numbers of sports do not breed well. Great sport producers with limited numbers of credited seedlings include 'Gold Standard', 'Gold Drop, and 'Blue Angel' )."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Although considered a classic, it has never quite hit the headlines in spite of its many good qualities, such as its sun tolerance, but is better known for its many glamorous sports...Blooms three weeks later than many yellow-leaved H. 'Sieboldiana'-types."

"Often called a "Golden Sieboldiana" which it is not. Mature leaves have only 9 principal veins. The flowers are similar to those of H. sieboldiana, so it is probably a hybrid between H. 'Fortunei' and H. sieboldiana. The leaves appearing in spring are rugose and greenish yellow after which a flush of summer leaves appear that are yellow and flat. Of unknown origin, it was found in Langfelder's garden, Chapaqua, N.Y. in 1964. Summers named and registered it in1969. It has been extensively used for breeding and is predisposed to mutate to various variegated forms: dark green center/chartreuse margin = H. 'Abiqua Moonbeam' and H. 'Mayan Moon'; chartreuse to pale green center/pale green margin unnamed (referred to as the "False September Sun"; yellow center/dark green margin = H. 'September Sun'; yellow center/white margin = H. 'Lunar Eclipse'; yellow leaf/white splashes and streaks = H. 'Gosan August Clouds'; and others."

In an article about hybridizing by Tony Avent in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1),  Tony gives the following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Andy Taylor' - outstanding dark green matte finish hosta with wonderful pure white flowers...An 'August Moon' x H. 'Tardiflora' cross...will never knock your socks off, but truly wonderful!"

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1984 #7
1985 #12
1990 #19
1991 #22
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1996 #24

  1. H. 'Abiqua Moonbeam'
  2. H. 'Archangel'
  3. H. 'August Beauty'
  4. H. 'August Emerald'
  5. H. 'August Moon Green'
  6. H. 'Carolina Moon'
  7. H. 'Carol's August Halo'
  8. H. 'Crystal Moon'
  9. H. 'Dark Moon'
  10. H. 'Dianne'
  11. H. 'Dusty Moon'
  12. H. 'Earthshine'
  13. H. 'First Moon'
  14. H. 'Gemini Moon'
  15. H. 'Gosan Moon Skirt'
  16. H. 'Green August Moon'
  17. H. 'Harvest Glow'
  18. H. 'Harvest Moon'
  19. H. 'Hub City'
  20. H. 'Indiana Knight'
  21. H. 'Indiana Moonshine'
  22. H. 'Iowa Moon'
  23. H. 'Jack Sprat'
  24. H. 'Jupiter'
  1. H. 'Kiwi Kaniere Gold'
  2. H. 'Kiwi Sunlover'
  3. H. 'Lunar Eclipse'
  4. H. 'Lunar Magic'
  5. H. 'Lunar Orbit'
  6. H. 'Lunar Sea'
  7. H. 'Mayan Moon'
  8. H. 'Moon Over Lake Erie'
  9. H. 'Moonbeam'
  10. H. 'Muted Moon'
  11. H. 'Old Glory'
  12. H. 'Polar Moon'
  13. H. 'Rainbow’s Moon'
  14. H. 'Richland Mayan Moon'
  15. H. 'Ring Around the Moon'
  16. H. 'Saturn'
  17. H. 'September Sun'
  18. H. 'September Sunrise'
  19. H. 'September Surprise'
  20. H. 'Simpers New Moon'
  21. H. 'Watermark'
  22. H. 'Xanadu Paisley'
  23. H. 'Xela'
  1. H. 'Ada Reed'
  2. H. 'Alpine Aire'
  3. H. 'Andy Taylor'
  4. H. 'Balsam'
  5. H. 'Barney Fife'
  6. H. 'China Doll'
  7. H. 'Copenhagen Blue'
  8. H. 'Crested Reef'
  9. H. 'Felix'
  10. H. 'Glory'
  11. H. 'Gold Drop'
  12. H. 'Good As Gold'
  13. H. 'Green Moon'
  14. H. 'Honey Moon'
  15. H. 'Kevin Kelley'
  16. H. 'Kiwi Sunshine'
  17. H. 'Ladies Choice'
  1. H. 'Maui Buttercups'
  2. H. 'Mayan Moon'
  3. H. 'Michigan Gold'
  4. H. 'Mogul'
  5. H. 'Moon Glow'
  6. H. 'Moon Rise'
  7. H. 'Moon Waves'
  8. H. 'Old Glory'
  9. H. 'Purple Moon'
  10. H. 'Radiance'
  11. H. 'Royal Bells'
  12. H. 'Spun Silk'
  13. H. 'Squash Casserole'
  14. H. 'Summer Dress'
  15. H. 'Super Seeder'
  16. H. 'Water Wings'

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