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."

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'.

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.

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