Hosta 'Borwick Beauty'
 

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

The large size 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."

"Plant is one of the several mediovariegated mutants of H. sieboldiana. Other similar forms exist and have been named."

 

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "...'Color Glory' and 'Borwick Beauty'...are the same hosta. There are records that show 'Color Glory' most certainly came from the same plant in the garden of Mr. and Mrs. R.G. McBurnie in England that was named 'Borwick Beauty' for the village of Borwick near Carnforth in Lancashire, where they live."

An article about H. 'Great Expectations' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "Everyone has great expectations for 'Great Expectations'. It is the great hosta dream (probably throughout the world) to grow a big, handsome specimen clump of 'Great Expectations'. But it doesn't do well for everyone...About half the people responding to my call for personal experiences say they have or have had problems growing it. The others say it is doing "fine" and cite the growing conditions...There is no consensus yet other than 'Great Expectations' :
  • Is a slow grower,
  • Forms an open clump (not a tight mound), and
  • Doesn't have leaves that exhibit the undesirable characteristic called "burning," "scalding," "browning," or "rusting" as does 'Color Glory' (a.k.a., 'Borwick Beauty'), which also is a sport with a bold bue-green border of H. 'Elegans'.





 

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

 
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