H. ventricosa
'Flame Stitch'

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 by Diana 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 The 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 H. 'Stained Satin' and H. 'Yellow Flame'.

       

 
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