Hosta 'Fortunei Albopicta'

A large size (23 inches high by 45 inches wide) hosta that has green leaves that are yellow in the center early in the season. Pale lavender flowers with darker streaks are borne on scapes up to 36 inches tall. It changes to an all green leaf as the season progresses into summer followed by a few viable seeds.

Until Schmid (1991) changed the status of this plant from a species to a cultivar, it had been known as Hosta fortunei 'Albo-picta'. It had been registered under that name in 1987 by The American Hosta Society.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...possibly the same as Funkia aurea maculata, which was introduced by Philip Franz von Sieblod's nursery in 1874...It has been far surpassed by hundreds, if not thousands, of newer hosta cultivars in some respects; however, it still makes a great general purpose landscaping plant and has value as a breeding plant."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Natural sport of H. 'Fortunei'...Variegation is maintained for longer if grown in light shade in a cooler climate...At its best soon after the leaves unfurl. By the end of the season the leaf blade is a dull two-tone green."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

The species (now cultivar) was named for plant explorer Robert Fortune. This plant may have been sold at one time as Mackwoods No. 9.


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