This sport of H. 'Sagae' was
and Ken Clifford of Michigan in 2000. Characteristics similar to
the parent plant with a wider margin. This cultivar is part of
Series" of hostas.
This giant size (31
inches high by 70 inches wide or more) cultivar is known for its upright
form and thick leaf substance. The foliage is wavy and deeply
lobed at the base. It produces pale lavender flowers on scapes
up to 50 inches tall from mid-July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Though it was patented under the
name 'Forest Fire' and marketed as such, many
nurseries offer it under its registered name, 'Clifford's Forest
Similar cultivars include H. 'Magic Fire'.
Ian Scroggy of Bali-Hai Nursery in
Northern Ireland wrote in
The Hosta Journal (2008 Vol. 39 No.1) about his thoughts on
H. 'Majesty', H. 'Clifford's Forest Fire', H. 'Magic Fire' and H. 'Liberty'. They
are similar appearing yellow-margined sports of H. 'Sagae'. He says, "...of the
four, my favourite has to be 'Liberty'. It is much better for colour."
||- "Of the four, 'Majesty is my best
seller...The leaf detail is very consistent, with three shades of
green that bleed out into the outer edge, forming almost a pale lime
green margin, rather than a creamy-yellow margin...growing
conditions play a big factor in the colour of the leaves...as it is
late to emerge it never gets frost damage...leaf colour is muted,
not as bright as the edge on 'Sagae' but the colour last on this
plant much longer."
|H. 'Clifford's Forest Fire'
||- "I think the problem in the nursery
trade has been what I experienced: I got two different batches in
and both were different in colour and habit. The leaves were more
mid-green onto olive-green centres with a yellow edge, not bright
orange-yellow...Growth rate is slow and the leaves grow more flat
than upwards, but very compact and tight together...The surface of
the leaf is slightly shiny."
|H. 'Magic Fire'
||- Very striking, more like a zingy
yellow. It really catches the eye with dark green centres that have
much more veining of the centre into the border. Also the leaves are
totally different from the other 'Sagae' sports: much bigger with an
undulating wave across the width of the leaves like 'waves'; very
unusual. The leaves are not as strong as 'Majesty'...Not good autumn colour. I'd say it's a spring hosta. Of the four, 'Magic Fire' is
the most different from its parent."
||- "When it emerges it is really a show
stopper, with a bright orange-yellow margin with mid-green centres.
Comes up very upright and unfurls slowly, which I think really
intensifies the colour more to the eye, as it has more of an impact
when you do not see the centres of the leaves on emergence. The
leaves are heart-shaped much more than the other three but the
colour and form are much more elegant.
|"I only know that I have not sold
'Sagae' since these four hostas
came along. The only problem with 'Liberty' is it is slow like 'Sagae' and the leaves get very thin under hot
weather (our hot weather is 25 degrees C [77° F], not as warm as in