Hosta 'Cartwheels'

A sport of H. 'Golden Nugget', this cultivar was registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio in 2002 on behalf of the originator, Alex Summers of Delaware. It is a blue-green plant with a gold margin that experiences a slight amount of spring desiccation like others of this kind. The leaves are moderately cupped and heavily corrugated. Its near-white flowers bloom in clusters in July.

bullet H. 'Wagon Wheels'
bullet H. 'Aqua Duchess'
bullet H. 'Arch Duke'

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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