This fast growing cultivar is the result of a cross of an
H. 'Subcrocea' seedling x H. 'Birchwood Gem' made by
Wm Zumbar of Ohio. He registered
it in 1995.
'Cheatin Heart' forms a small size (8 inches high by 18 inches wide) mound
with leaves of thin substance and underside bloom. The flowers
are pale purple and bloom in July followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "It has also generated a small
family of sports...'Silver Threads & Golden Needles', though it
actually sported from 'Stolen Kiss'...which is a sport of 'Cheatin
The Book of Little Hostas by
Kathy and Michael Shadrack
(2010) says: "Looks good in the trough or tray and will do well in even
the larger raised bed and woodland garden once mature."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Vigorous and exceeds its registered dimensions if
conditions are favorable...Thought to have diploid leaf edge and
tetraploid leaf center...Light sprinkling of red speckles on
petiole and scape."
Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2002 Vol. 33 No. 1) quotes
"Although H. 'Stolen Kiss' was introduced as a sport of H. 'Cheatin Heart', it
is actually a sport from the Tiara Group...probably H. 'Emerald Scepter'...When
we compared it to the Tiara Group plants that were in flower here, the flowering
habit was identical, as were the growth and form. I talked to
Jim Anderson, who
acknowledged that 'anything is possible'."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) reports that H.
'Banana Puddin' was mistakenly registered as H. 'Banana Pudding' but this has
been corrected. Some other hosta names that have dropped the last "g" include 'Cheatin Heart', 'Summer Lovin', 'Rootin Tootin', 'Singin the Blues' and 'Lovin