Hosta 'Fire and Ice'

This sport of HostaPatriot ’ 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 cultivar.

According to 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 the garden."

From the 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 Diana 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 The 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'."

An article on "Look Alikes" in The Hosta Journal (2007 Vol. 38 No.1) listed H. 'Flash of Light', H. 'Loyalist', H. 'Paul Revere' and H. 'Fire and Ice' as cultivars that are difficult to distinguish from each other.

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