Hosta 'Color Glory'

Paul Aden of New York introduced this large size (28 inches high) cultivar in 1980. It is green with multicolor streak variegation. White, bell-shaped flowers are borne on a 32 inch scape. It is a hybrid of H. 'Fascination' H. 'Intrigue'.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The registration description of 'Color Glory' does not match the plant being sold in the nursery trade. The registered plant probably no longer exists, while the gold-centered Hosta sieboldiana type can be commonly found. The latter appears to be the same as 'Borwick Beauty'."

An article about H. 'Forncett Frances' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "This hosta was found at the Four Seasons nursery in St. Mary, Norwich, Norfolk, England...The leaves of 'Forncett Frances' are not as bright as those of 'Color Glory' (Aden) which is a sport of 'Frances Williams' and also having this hosta's reversed variegation."

An article about H. 'Great Expectations' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "Everyone has great expectations for 'Great Expectations' . It is the great hosta dream (probably throughout the world) to grow a big, handsome specimen clump of 'Great Expectations'. But it doesn't do well for everyone...About half the people responding to my call for personal experiences say they have or have had problems growing it. The others say it is doing "fine" and cite the growing conditions...There is no consensus yet other than 'Great Expectations' :
  • Is a slow grower,
  • Forms an open clump (not a tight mound), and
  • Doesn't have leaves that exhibit the undesirable characteristic called "burning," "scalding," "browning," or "rusting" as does 'Color Glory' (a.k.a., 'Borwick Beauty'), which also is a sport with a bold bue-green border of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans'.

Similar cultivars include H. 'Super Nova'.


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