Hosta sieboldiana
'DuPage Delight'

This is a reversed sport of Hosta sieboldiana 'Frances Williams' that was registered by Mark Zilis in 1990 and grows to a height of 24 inches and width of 50 inches. The leaves are heavily corrugated and have thick substance. In mid June, it blooms with dense clusters of white flowers.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...often develops severe spring desiccation burn in the gold center...plant 'DuPage Delight' where it will not receive direct sunlight in the spring."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Borwick Beauty', H. 'George Smith', H. 'Kingwood Center' and H. 'Queen of Islip'.


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.

These 2010 photos come from the Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside, tours and vendors at the 2010 American Hosta Society National Convention in Minnesota, Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens, Toledo Botanical Garden and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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