Hosta 'Cinnamon Sticks'

This cultivar is one of those with red petioles and green foliage. It was registered in 2009 by Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) on behalf of the originator, Roy Herold of Massachusetts. The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), states that it was "...listed in the 1996 Hatfield Gardens catalog as a hybrid of H. longipes hypoglauca × 'Maruba Iwa' from Roy Herold."

'Cinnamon Sticks' forms a medium size (13 inches high by 27 inches wide) mound of ovate-shaped, smooth textured foliage. The petioles have many purple-red dots. Pale purple flowers in clusters bloom on maroon scapes from mid-September into October.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as Roy Herold's most popular "red-stemmed" cultivar. Both petioles and scapes have a rich maroon color."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "For many years...topped the "must have" list of many collectors."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "A useful breeding hosta for red-dotted petioles and scapes, both pod and pollen fertile for introducing red features into leaves, petioles, and scapes. Autumn temperatures in cooler climates may not be high enough for the seeds to set."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term maruba as round leaf or round-leafed.


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