This 'Fortunei'-type plant has
been around a long time and might have been imported from
Japan. At first, it was registered in 1987 by
The American Hosta Society on behalf of the originator,
Dr. Nils Hylander of Sweden as
fortunei 'Aurea' but the name was later changed with the
W. George Schmid's book in 1991 to its present
form. It was also once known as H. 'Fortunei Albopicta Aurea'
but this is now superseded.
H. 'Fortunei Aurea' forms a
plant about 28 inches high with a spread of 40 inches. The
foliage is usually a bright gold in the spring but turns green
as the season progresses. Pale lavender flowers bloom from
mid-July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...as also been listed as 'Twinkles' and 'Mackwoods No.
33' as well as the trade name GOLD BEAUTY HOSTA™."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Natural sport of H. 'Fortunei Albopicta'...A hosta
for cooler climates, where the exquisite leaf color
will be maintained much longer."
The species (now cultivar)
was named for plant explorer
Robert Fortune. This plant may have been sold at one time under the
name Mackwood No. 33.