Hosta 'Fortunei Aurea'

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 H. fortunei 'Aurea' but the name was later changed with the publication of 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 It was also once known as H. 'Fortunei Albopicta Aurea' but this is now superseded.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 large size 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.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " also been listed as 'Twinkles' and 'Mackwoods No. 33' as well as the trade name GOLD BEAUTY HOSTA™."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Natural sport of H. 'Fortunei Albopicta'...A hosta for cooler climates, where the exquisite leaf color will be maintained much longer."

 This plant may have been sold at one time under the name Mackwood No. 33.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Fortunei Aurea' and H. TWINKLES.



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