Hosta 'Embroidery'

This somewhat strange and interesting hosta was found in Japan and introduced by Paul Aden of New York in the 1980's but was not registered until 2010 by Mark Zilis of Illinois. Parts of the foliage are corrugated while the centers are not. It has an unruly growth habit and grows into a medium size (15 inches high) mound. Near white flowers are borne from late July into August but is sterile and does not set seeds.

'Embroidery' was re-registered in 2018 to show that it was named by Paul Aden and introduced by Roy Klehm of Klehm Nursery.

The registration materials state: "...unusual appearance created by corrugated green margin and smooth center that goes through seasonal color changes; obtained from a Japanese collection in the early turns medium green by mid-June..." 

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...continues to be something of an enigma in the hosta world. Its origins are clouded in a bit of mystery and no other hosta has quite the same foliage characteristics."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...may be the quintessential collector's plant. Not only is it unique amongst hostas with its corrugated margin contrasting a relatively smooth, lighter green center, but it has proven difficult to accurately reproduce via tissue culture. The result is low supply and high demand, which equates to high prices. At one point a single plant commanded $400..."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Origin: Sport induced by radiation...A collector's plant which might best be grown with ferns or grasses rather than in a hosta border. Very prone to pest damage...The exaggerated stitched and crimped effect along the junction of the ¾ to 1 in. (2 to 2½ cm) margin and the center of the leaf."

"This unusual cultivar has a deeply crimped, "stitched" margin of a somewhat deeper green than the flat leaf center. The crimping sometimes involves the space between two outer principal veins away from the margin. A mutated form induced by radiation."

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