Hosta 'Beet Salad'

Bob Solberg of North Carolina registered this cultivar in 2009. It is a hybrid of an H. clausa normalis seedling x (H. 'Ōgon Tsushima H. yingeri F2 seedling). A small size plant, it grows to about 12 inches in height and 24 inches in width. Its foliage is narrowly ovate, slightly wavy and has smooth texture with thin substance. The key characteristics are the red petioles and flower scapes that bear rich purple flowers in July.

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...represents a significant step toward developing hostas with red foliage, one of Bob Solberg's major breeding goals."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Mango Salsa'.

       

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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