This sport of
Hosta ‘Patriot ’ was
registered in 1999 by
Hans Hansen and
Shady Oaks Nursery of Minnesota. The medium size (15 inches high) mound has dark green leaves with white variegations
in the center. It has funnel shaped lavender flowers on 30 inch scapes
from late July into August. No seeds are produced by this
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "On first impression, it appears to be a spectacular
hosta...Unfortunately, it has not proven to be a good grower in
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "Like all other difficult-to-grow hostas, 'Fire and Ice' needs
special care for at least the first three years after planting."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Seemingly vigorous for a medio-variegated
hosta...Scapes are white and purple dotted toward the
raceme...The clump is taller than most hostas of this type."
An article by Akira Horinaka in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "Other
white-centered hostas with bold green borders are 'Banana Boat', 'Warwick
Delight', 'Pandora's Box', 'Sea Thunder' and 'Fire and Ice'. Those with a narrow
green border include 'Morinji Nishiki',
'Otome-no-mai', 'Hakuba' and 'White Christmas'."
Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled,
A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term otome as maiden, 'Otome Gibōshi' or
H. venusta and the term nishiki as brocade (rich-colored woven fabric) i.e.
something colorful and beautiful.
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
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.
and Ice', H. 'Flash
of Light', H. 'Loyalist' and