This sport of H. 'Night before Christmas' was
Dirk van Erven and registered by
Danny Van Eechaute of
Belgium in 2002. It forms a medium size (18 inches high by 24 inches wide) mound
and has a wider white center than H. 'Night before Christmas'. Lavender
flowers bloom in July but do not bear seeds.
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "The base leaf color remains pristine ivory
throughout the season. The flower heads die less than gracefully
so remove them as they start to wither. Divide
frequently...Smaller than its parent. A weak chartreuse overlay
is apparent in the whitish variegation toward the petiole."
Similar cultivars include H. 'Christmas Cookies',
Christmas' and H. 'White Elephant'.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2) says, "...'Christmas
Candy'...a new hosta discovered by
Gert van Eijk-Bos in tissue-culturing 'Night before Christmas'...at the Vitro Westland propagation laboratory in Rijswijk,
Holland...How do 'Christmas Candy', 'Night before Christmas' and the old timer
'White Christmas' compare?...all three have pure white leaf centers and dark
green leaf borders."
A summary of Pollock's comparisons of 'Christmas Candy'
(CC), 'Night before Christmas' (NbC) and 'White Christmas' (WC) included:
- Width of green margin: NbC - widest CC - mid WC -
- Clump height: NbC - tallest CC - mid WC - shortest
- Upright growth habit: NbC and CC more upright than WC
- Resistance to melting out (leaf substance): CC - thick substance may be
a tetraploid - NbC somewhat resistant - WC often damaged