Hosta 'Brother Stefan'

The result of a cross between H. 'King Tut' × an H. 'Mildred Seaver' seedling, this cultivar was registered in 1998 by Olga Petryszyn of Indiana. It is a large size plant growing to 28 inches in height and spreading to 62 inches in width. The broadly ovate leaves are heavily corrugated, waxy and have good substance. Its white flowers bloom from late June into July on scapes up to 3 feet tall.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "A big plus is the fact that its gold center does not develop spring desiccation burn."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Grow in a foliage border where it will stand out among plain green leaves. Not suitable for containers. Divide frequently...The attractive variegation resembles the "hand print" or "maple leaf" pattern."

Sometimes incorrectly listed as H. 'Brother Stephan'.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.



H. 'Paradigm' appeared on two lists in the article. According to my last algebra class, if A=B and B=C, then A=C so it would seem that all hostas on the two lists would qualify as look-alikes.

List #1 - H. 'Brother Stefan' and H. 'Paradigm'

List #2 - H. 'Darwin's Standard', H. 'Dick Ward', H. 'Goldbrook Gayle' and H. 'Paradigm'

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2011 #24
2015 #19
2016 #22
2017 #15
2019 #17
2021 #19


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