Hosta 'Dippity Dew'

A tissue culture sport of H. 'PeeDee Dew Catcher', this cultivar was registered by Jim Schwarz of Jim's Hostas of Iowa (now owned by Uniquely Hostas of Wisconsin) in 1999. The foliage is blue-green with a gold marginal variegation. It forms a large size mound about 22 inches high by 50 inches wide with heavily corrugated leaves with thick substance. Near white flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...the gold margin of 'Dippity Dew' does not develop spring desiccation burn."

bullet H. 'Forever Frances'
bullet H. 'Garden Treasure'

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.


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