Hosta 'Bluebeard's Castle'

This medium size (16 inches high by 30 inches wide) cultivar is a seedling of H. 'Jim Wilkins' was registered by Dr. Ed Elslager of Michigan in 2003. The foliage is blue-green with a greenish yellow marginal variegation with some streaking. Near white flowers bloom from late June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...has fairly wide, non-burning chartreuse margins."

The Zilis comment indicates that this cultivar is not susceptible to a problem called spring desiccation. See below for more on that issue.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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