Lillian Maroushek of Minnesota in 1978 as a slow growing seedling of H. 'King
James', this giant size (32 inches high by 63 inches wide) hosta has
medium green leaves with a
white marginal variegation. The
variegation on the leaf margin is unique due to a somewhat
Leaves are slightly cupped both up and down,
slightly corrugated and have good substance. It has pale
lavender flowers that are funnel shaped and borne on a 42 inch scape
in July followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...continues to be popular and
justifiably so...with all of its good traits and prolific seed pod
formation, it is surprising that few hybridizers utilize it."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Use as a specimen or at the edge of woodland. A
classic and still the best of its type...A slightly upturned
leaf edge sets it apart from similar hostas."
specimen won the AlaHoSo award in 1989,
perhaps I am a bit biased. A
montana hybrid, its large leaves
have a neat, thin, pure white margin and
a beautiful jade-green center. It will
grow well in practically any soil.
Although not slug proof, it rarely shows
signs of pest damage. There is nothing
quite like it - in other words, it is
unique. It is available from various
sources and the price varies from $20.00
the largest variegated hostas, it is a
H. montana. Registered by
in 1978 and available from her nursery,
this 'oldie' is distinctive not only in
size, but also in the blue-green color
of the leaf center. The edge is white,