Hosta sieboldiana
'Borwick Beauty'

This cultivar is a sport of Hosta sieboldiana 'Elegans' that was registered by the British Hosta and Hemerocallis Society (BHHS) on behalf of Graham and Betty McBurnie in 1988.

The mound rises to a height of 24 inches and a width of 57 inches with leaves that have a thick substance and are moderately corrugated. Near white flowers bloom in mid-June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The unfortunate tendency of 'Borwick Beauty' to develop the spring desiccation burn problem mars the beauty of this outstanding hosta."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Color Glory', H. 'DuPage Delight' and H. 'George Smith'.

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.

A specimen of 'Borwick Beauty' suffering from spring desiccation.

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

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