Hosta 'Carrie Ann'

In 1988 Peter Ruh of Ohio registered this cultivar of unidentified parentage (thought to have H. sieboldii in its background) on behalf of the originator, David Stone of Connecticut. It grows to a small size hosta about 9 inches high with a spread of 24 inches. The leaves are lanceolate, slightly wavy and it bears pure white flowers in August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...has always been a favorite of mine for its combination of white-margined foliage and white flowers in late summer. It can be used as a ground cover or edging plant."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Takes quite a lot of sun and can be used as an edging plant in a woodland garden or in a raised bed. Flowers match margin for whiteness."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Site in some morning sun in cooler climates to boost the rather poor vigor. Slow to increase but worth the wait since there are so few white-margined hostas with white flowers...The blade is set obliquely on the petiole. The white flowers have green tips.

An article titled The Hosta Legacy of the Late David Stone appeared in the 1985 issue of what was then called The American Hosta Society Bulletin. The article was authored by Stone's former partners in the Piedmont Gardens nursery in Waterbury, Connecticut, F. Henry Payne and Philip R. Payne. "We named H. 'Carrie Ann' in 1979... Reaching only four to five inches in height, it remains fully miniature, with dense growth. Its leaves are 4 1/2 to 5 inches long, about 3/4 inch in width, and are a uniform medium green center with a very neat 1/4 inch margin of creamy white. The flower stem is 10 inches tall with white flowers, which are pendant. It seems to be a vigorous plant." This is one of the so-called David Stone's Miniatures.

In The Hosta Journal (1992 Vol. 23 No. 1) there is an article by Peter Ruh about the so-called David Stone Medium or Miniature hostas which went by a numbering system that started with DSM. This cultivar was called DSM #6 and was described as "Medium, spreading plant, grey-green leaves, narrow white edge, flowers white, named by Payne."



The two plants shown below are clearly labeled Hosta 'Carrie Ann', however, that cultivar is supposed to have a white marginal variegation like the one shown at the top of the page. Also, these hostas appear to be too large. Either these plants are mislabeled or they have reverted (i.e. lost their variegation)...and grown a bit. Hmmmmm - Mr PGC

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