H. ventricosa

This sport of the species starts with a gold center in the spring turning to all green by late season (viridescent). Grown in the Netherlands since 1956, this plant was registered by The American Hosta Society as H. ventricosa 'Aureo-maculata' in 1986. Schmid (1991) changed the name to the current spelling.

It is a large size plant about 22 inches high by 47 inches wide. The gold centered foliage in the spring sometimes with streaking too. Leaves have a heart-shaped base and are long and twisted at the tip. Medium purple, bell-shaped flowers are borne on tall (43 inches) scapes in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...makes one of the splashiest mounds of host foliage for a few weeks in the spring. By the middle of June in northern Illinois, the leaves have turned green and are virtually indistinguishable from H. ventricosa itself."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

Nomenclature changes recommended in the 1991 book The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid and accepted by The American Hosta Society would update names as follows: H. ventricosa 'Aureomaculata' and H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'.

It may have been sold at one time as Mackwoods No. 29.

An article about H. ventricosa 'Aureo-maculata' and 'Aureo-marginata' by W. George Schmid in The Hosta Journal (1985 Vol. 16) states that, "H. ventricosa is one of the oldest hostas in cultivation...The variegated form of H. ventricosa that is now identified with the cultivar name of 'Aureo-marculata' can be traced back to P.F. von Siebold's time. In 1876, E. Regel published a paper on hostas in Germany and in it referred to a "Funkia ovata forma aureovariegata." a possible synonym for 'Aureo-maculata' form."

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