Hosta 'Brim Cup'

This hybrid cultivar is the result of a cross between H. 'Gold Regal' × H. 'Wide Brim'. It was registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1986. The plant grows to a mediums size about 14 inches in height and 40 inches in width. Its leaves are moderately cupped and corrugated with good substance. From late June into July, it bears pale lavender flowers on 24 inch tall scapes followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "....should bear a warning label, "For Container Use Only". Container-grown specimens can be quite attractive, but mature garden plants usually look unsightly by midsummer due to tearing of the white margins."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow to increase. Superb as a young plant but the edges can split or tear in maturity; nonetheless it remains popular, especially as a pot plant, because of the strikingly variegated leaves...Particularly wide and well-defined variegation for a hosta of this size."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2000 Vol. 31 No. 1) states that, "H. 'Brim Cup' (Aden - 86)...Many gardeners report this hosta is hard to grow. There is tearing of the wide gold borders, normal to the green center, as the leaves emerge during spring growth. This is believed due to the tensile stresses that develop between the border and center coloring when the leaves develop their deep bowl shape. I find that heavy fertilization promotes this ugly appearance. A well grown 'Brim Cup' is a very handsome hosta, well worth experimenting with."

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