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."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Cadillac', H. 'Inniswood', H. 'Paradigm' and H. 'September Sun'.

Sometimes incorrectly listed as H. 'Brother Stephan'.

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.

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