Hosta 'Austin Dickinson'

This hybrid of H. 'Resonance' × H. plantaginea was registered by Wm and Eleanor Lachman of Massachusetts in 1992. The foliage is green with a creamy yellow marginal variegation. It is slightly wavy and slightly corrugated. Purple, fragrant flowers bloom in late summer on the mound that grows to 17 inches in height with a spread of 34 inches.

William Austin Dickinson was the older brother of the poet Emily Dickinson.

The Hosta Journal, (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2), contained an article in which several Hostaphiles were asked to give a brief list of their favorite hosta flowers. This plant was included in that list.

An article about favorite flowering hostas by C.H. Falstad in The Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) says, "Picking one hosta flower is like settling for one flavor of Ice Cream the rest of your life...H. 'Venus' - how can you beat a huge, pure white, deliciously fragrant flower...'Austin Dickinson': Wow! Large, fragrant, with dark purple stripes on white background in the inside and purple and white perpendicular bands on the outside, upright scapes with flowers held out at 90 degrees...'Hirao Majesty', solid medium purple with deep purple anthers...Large flowers with pointed petals (tepals)...Many people call 'Hirao Majesty' the bird-of-paradise of hostas, and the unopened scape and bracts resemble that plant quite well."

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