Hosta 'Darwin's Standard'

Reportedly a sport of H. 'Gold Standard' (see below), this hosta is credited to Luc Klinkhamer and Witteman from the Netherlands who discovered it in a nursery. It was registered the by AHS Registrar on their behalf in was registered in 2021. The mound grows into a large size hosta about 24 inches in height and around 50 inches in width. Its foliage is moderate green (N138A RHS Chart) that has a strong yellow green (N144B RHS Chart medial (center) variegation. The leaves are ovate to broadly ovate, slightly folded, slightly wavy and deeply corrugated with slightly curled cuspidate leaf tips. Its near white flowers bloom from June into July and set viable seed.

According to the Registration materials: "Vigorous mound of golden centered, green margined, corrugated leaves.  Very good substance.  Green margins occasionally streak towards the midrib. Does well in sun or shade...leaves are somewhat shiny later in the season..."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The general consensus among hosta collectors is that the plants being sold as 'Darwin's Standard' in the nursery trade are not derived from 'Gold Standard'. Instead, they closely match 'Paradigm' in both foliage and flower."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2004 Vol. 35 No. 1) states that, "There's a hosta coming from Holland with an interesting name and uncertainty about its origin. It's 'Darwin's Standard' from Witteman Company in...the Netherlands, a wholesale exporter that uses the name Darwin Plants...Two stories about the origin of 'Darwin's Standard' are going around. One is that it is 'Paradigm'...or a look-alike. The other story is that it's a (tissue-culture) sport of 'Gold Standard'. ..The confusion in the trade is that 'Darwin's Standard', or at least some plants bearing that name, look like 'Paradigm'...maybe that's the problem with this cultivar. There hasn't been sufficient quality control in the tissue-culture lab or by the exporter."

A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in The Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about H. 'Darwin's Standard', "This is an unregistered sport of 'Gold Standard' from Darwin Plants in Hillegom, the Netherlands. Although it has the same basic medio-variegated leaf pattern as its parent, the clump shape, leaf substance and ultimate appearance of the mature clump are quite different."


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The 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.



H. 'Paradigm' appeared on two lists in the article. According to my last algebra class, if A=B and B=C, then A=C so it would seem that all hostas on the two lists would qualify as look-alikes.

List #1 - H. 'Brother Stefan' and H. 'Paradigm'

List #2 - H. 'Darwin's Standard', H. 'Dick Ward', H. 'Goldbrook Gayle' and H. 'Paradigm'


bullet H. 'Paradigm'
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