Hosta 'Dream Weaver'

This sport of H. 'Great Expectations' was originated by Bonnie Ruetenik of Ohio and registered in 1996 by Kevin Walek (Hosta Registrar) on her behalf. The mound reaches a giant size about 30 inches in height which spreads up to 72 inches wide. Its foliage is very broadly ovate, moderately corrugated and has thick substance. Near white flowers in mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...the first sport of 'Great Expectations' with a wider margin...also a much better grower than 'Great Expectations'."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...has withstood the test of time and has proven to be a great garden plant."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2000 Vol. 31 No. 1) states that, "H. 'Great Expectations' (John Bond is originator; Paul Aden named and introduced it - 88). When attendees to the 1997 National Convention of The American Hosta Society in Indianapolis saw the 'Great Expectations' clumps in the tour gardens, many couldn't believe how huge they were...This led to much discussion on why this hosta does well in some gardens and not in others...H. 'Great Expectations' and H. 'Dream Weaver' both have green or bluish green leaves. The difference is the variegation...H. 'Great Expectations' has a prominent "maple-leaf-like" (for lack of a better descriptive term) pattern in the leaf center and the creamer center variegation...The center leaf pattern of H. 'Dream Weaver', on the other hand, is more "spear-like" with more than 1/2, often as much as 2/3, of the leaf surface being green or bluish green."

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. 'Dream Queen', H. 'Dream Weaver' and H. 'Thunderbolt'.



Copyright© 2000 -