This cultivar was registered by
Clarence (C.H.) Falstad, III of Michigan in 1991 as a
tissue culture sport of
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'.
This small size (8 inches high) plant has bright purple, bell-shaped
flowers in July.
Mark Zilis (2009)
states, "Though introduced in 1991, I haven't seen
'Flame Stitch' do well in a garden setting. No doubt this is due
to the lack of chlorophyll in the leaf center. 'Flame Stitch' is
probably best treated as a collector's curiosity to be carefully
nurtured in a well-fertilized container."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Very
slow and can even dwindle, although a new flush of
leaves appears in midsummer. The white leaf center
can scorch unless the plant is carefully sited
between good light and just enough shade...The
leaves are more conspicuously heart-shaped than most
hostas with this leaf patterning."
An article by C.H. Falstad about the stability of colors in hosta leaves in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "However, in a
variegated plant, when the cells don't stay in place, the leaves can end up all
one color, as when 'Guacamole'...goes back to 'Fried Green Tomatoes'...In rare
instances, a complete pattern reversal can occur, as with 'Flame Stitch'...from
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'...and 'Eskimo
Pie'...from 'Northern Exposure'..."
Similar cultivars include
Satin' and H.