This plant was first known in
Europe by the name H. 'Fortunei Stenantha'
was registered by
Peter Ruh of Ohio in 2002. It forms a large size
(24 inches high by 36 inches wide) mound of
foliage that is slightly cupped, slightly corrugated, ovate and
slightly wavy. The pale
lavender-purple flowers bloom from late June into July on scapes
21 to 25 inches tall followed by viable seeds.
'Fool's Gold' was re-registered in
show the originator as unknown (Europe) and that it was
The registration materials state: "...usually brighter
color edge in spring which fade in summers heat...leaf
becomes all light green by summer's end ..."
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...the plant is no different from 'Brass Horn'..."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Vigorous...The muted butterscotch-khaki leaf
margin holds all season and provides a different emphasis in a
border with its unusually contrasting variegation."
Similar hostas include
H. 'Fortunei Aureomarginata',
H. 'Heliarc', H. 'Fortunei
Hyacinthina', H. 'Fortunei
Obscura Variegata' and H. 'Mackwoods
Sports include H. 'Rhapsody'.
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1995 Vol. 26 No. 2) states that, "...seeing
the new cultivar name 'Fool's Gold' instead of the invalid names " 'Fortunei Stenantha Variegated' " and "H. fortunei 'Stenantha Variegated'." They're
invalid because a cultivar name cannot contain both
Latin and English words."
"2002 registration: H.
‘Fools Gold’ This name was registered incorrectly. It should
have been registered as H. ‘Fool’s Gold’."