Hosta 'First Dance'

Registered by Hans Hansen in 2020, this giant size (32 inches high by 74 inches wide) cultivar is a sport of H. 'Dancing Queen'. It has green foliage with a yellow medial (center) variegation. The ovate leaves are very slightly corrugated, slightly wavy and dull on top. Near white flowers with a faint lavender pattern in the center of each petal bloom from mid-June into July on scapes 32 to 50 inches tall followed by viable seeds.

The registration materials state: "...Rippled leaves with varying width green margins on bright yellow centers provide a graceful appearance...Contrast is greatest in the spring as the leaf centers turn more green later in the season."


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. 'Amalia', H. 'Dancing Darling' and H. 'First Dance'.


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