Hosta 'Cherry Berry'

A 1991 registration by Wm and Eleanor Lachman, it is a hybrid of two unnamed seedlings (a seedling x H. 'Flamboyant') x (H. 'Beatrice' seedling x H. sieboldiana 'Frances Williams'). Its name reflects the fact that it has red flower scapes and purple flowers in late season.

This is a medium size hosta about 12 inches high with a spread of around 28 inches. The dark green foliage has a yellow medial (center) variegation which turns white as the season progresses. Its leaves are elliptic, have smooth texture and are shiny on top. Pale purple flowers bloom from mid-July into August. It sets seeds in bright red pods.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "When grown properly, 'Cherry Berry' becomes an attractive mound of white-centered foliage that produces purple flowers on bright red scapes. Unfortunately, it has proven to be a finicky grower. I've seen some beautiful specimens, but I've also heard many people complain that they cannot get 'Cherry Berry' to reach maturity."


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