Hosta 'Early Times'

This non-registered cultivar from NEO Plants, Ltd in England is a sport of H. 'June'. The medium size plant has gold colored foliage in the spring which changes to chartreuse later in the season. It is a medium size (16 inches high by 37 inches wide) plant with leaves that are slightly wavy, ovate and have a thick bloom on the bottom. Pale lavender flowers appear from late July into August.


Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) writes, "H. 'Early Times' is an all-yellow glaucous sport of 'June'...H. 'June' is the yellow-centered blue-bordered sport that arose in tissue culture from 'Halcyon'. Thus, in turn, 'Early times' is the yellow sport of 'Halcyon'."


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. 'Early Times', H. 'Endless Summer', H. 'English Sunrise', H. 'June Gold', H. 'June's Gold', H. 'May' and H. 'Terry Wogan'.



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