Hosta 'Fried Green Tomatoes'

An H. 'Guacamole' tissue culture sport, this cultivar was registered by Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in 1995. It forms a mound 25 inches tall with a spread of 59 inches. The leaves are ovate with a deeply lobed base, moderately wavy and have a thin bloom on the underside. Fragrant, pale lavender flowers bloom from mid-August into September.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Large, fragrant, near-white flowers are a bonus."

An article about H. 'Fragrant Bouquet' by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "Three sports have been found by Bob Solberg...H. 'Guacamole' has glossy yellowy chartreuse leaves with a margin somewhat like the color of guacamole. Flowers are fragrant...Another sport is 'Fried Bananas'. It is not variegated. The leaves are shiny yellowy chartreuse. Flowers are fragrant. Solberg says 'Fried Bananas' is good with 'Guacamole'...The third is 'Fried Green Tomatoes'; it's another non-variegated sport having tomato-green foliage. The leaves are frosted in spring and very shiny in summer. Flowers are fragrant also...All three are fast growers. They do best given some direct sun."

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'..."

In an article in The Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author described this plant's flowers as having a "Strong" fragrance compared to other hostas.

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