A sport of H. 'August Moon', this
medium size (18 inches high by 30 inches wide) cultivar was registered by
Dr. Alan Tower of Washington in
broadly ovate foliage is slightly rippled, convex and heart shaped. It bears fragrant,
pure white flowers in August. Seed viability was unknown
at the time of registration.
registration materials state: "...3 inch diameter,
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Unfortunately, I cannot distinguish it from 'Fragrant
Bouquet', which it matches in both foliage and flowering
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Vigorous,
a moderate to rapid increaser. A superb recent
introduction, still rare but deserves a higher
profile...The flower, which has also mutated, is
white and deliciously fragrant..."
In an article in
Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author
described this plant's flowers as having a "Strong" fragrance
compared to other hostas.
In recent years, there was some slight controversy concerning
the parentage of this plant. It appeared unlikely that a
fragrant flowered plant would come from H. 'August Moon'.
An article by
Dr Bob Olson in
Hosta Journal (2018 Vol. 49 No. 2) helped to put this
discussion to rest. Bob wrote, "...Jim
Registrar of hostas at the time) was visiting Alan in
Spokane..they came across a specimen of 'August Moon' with a
sported division. Jim Wilkins himself used a knife to separate
it from the mother clump. This was not a seedling found
near or next to the 'August Moon' clump. Both of them recognized
it as different and worthy of registration--at the time they did
not know about its fragrance."
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
Hosta Journal (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled
Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for
Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas
which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have
indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same
plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary
in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the
casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the
plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.
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