This medium size (12 inches high
by 20 inches wide) plant was
Wm and Eleanor Lachman of Massachusetts in 1991. It is a seedling of the cross between an unnamed seedling × H. 'Reversed'.
It has dark green foliage with an ivory white medial (center)
variegation. Pale lavender flowers
bloom in July.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Needs careful placing so that it will get
sufficient sun to provide vigor but not so much that it burns
the leaf center. Slow to increase but is has a better
constitution than many hostas of this type."
An article by Akira Horinaka in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "Other
white-centered hostas with bold green borders are 'Banana Boat', 'Warwick
Delight', 'Pandora's Box', 'Sea Thunder' and 'Fire and Ice'. Those with a narrow
green border include 'Morinji Nishiki',
'Otome-no-mai', 'Hakuba' and 'White Christmas'."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Gibōshi' or
H. venusta and the term nishiki as brocade (rich-colored woven fabric) i.e.
something colorful and beautiful.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2003 Vol. 34 No. 1) states that, "In my
view, boat-shaped or "keeled" is a better descriptor than folded. The leaf blade
curves upward from the midrib similar to how a canoe looks...H. 'Stetson', 'Cowrie',
'Banana Boat', and 'Blue Canoe' are some other hostas with this folded or keeled
"Registered by Eleanor and William
Lachman in 1991 and to be introduced by
Hatfield Gardens, this was the hosta
that most caught my eye at the
1992 AHS Convention both in the
Cut-Leaf Show and in the garden. It has
a narrow leaf with the center
variegated, but again it is the dark
green color that is distinctive. The
border is also extra wide (or the cream
center narrow), making the plant more
vigorous. Time will tell how good a
hosta this is in a large clump, but it
is worth looking for."
In his Popourri: 2021 section of The Hosta
Journal (2021 Vol. 52 No. 2), Warren I. Pollock
made the following comment: "Hatfield Gardens,
Handy Hatfield's famous nursery in Stoutsville,
Ohio...introduced 'Banana Boat' in 1990. It was one
of its premium hosta introductions, initially
selling for $200.00..."