Hosta 'Beatrice'

This seedling of Hosta sieboldii is a non-registered plant from Frances Williams of Massachusetts. It is a medium size hosta which stands 11 inches high and about 25 inches wide. The leaves have a narrow elliptic form and thin substance. Bright purple flowers bloom in late July followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...ranks as one of the most significant hostas ever developed. Early hosta hybridizers used it and its seedlings extensively in their breeding efforts to produce thousands of variegated seedlings."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "It is prone to throw streaked sports. This was the first streaked hosta to be introduced and is now among the best-known breeding plants. Sets seed readily...Extremely unstable variegation produces leaves which can be streaked and mottled. The dark purple anthers contrast well with the palest lavender flowers."


These 2010 photos were taken at the Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside in Michigan, tours and vendors at The American Hosta Society National Convention in Minnesota, Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Ohio, Toledo Botanical Garden and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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