Hosta 'Corkscrew'

A slow growing hybrid of H. 'Tortifrons' × H. 'One Man's Treasure', this small size cultivar grows to about 8 inches in height with a spread of 18 inches. It was registered by Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in 2003. The leaves are slightly twisted, very wavy and their petioles are purplish red. Pale purple flowers bloom in September on slightly branched scapes followed by fertile seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...was immediately impressed with its distinctive appearance. The curved, dark green leaves give it a look that cannot be mistaken for any other. It also represents a significant breakthrough in breeding as the first known seedling out of 'Tortifrons' to carry its genes for twisted, contorted foliage."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "Try growing it in a trough with two more Solberg introductions, 'Cracker Crumbs' and 'Tiny Bubbles', and enjoy the contrast in leaf texture and color."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "The contorted leaves give a restless countenance. Best in a container or in a border with ferns..."

A comment on the Hosta Library says that H. 'Corkscrew' has "a forked scape."

This cultivar won the 2002 William and Eleanor Lachman Award at the First Look hosta competition as the best seedling as chosen by the AHS Judges.

The Hosta Journal, (2006 Vol. 37 No. 2), in an article about flower characteristics stated that this cultivar has "...a forked scape..."

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