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."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Very susceptible to pest damage. A tricolor effect is often visible on the leaves in early to midsummer making it worthwhile to give this hosta special care. The burgundy-red scapes and red seedpods are other reasons to persevere."


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