This streaked cultivar is the
result of a cross of an H. 'Beatrice' seedling x H. 'Frances
Williams' which was registered by
Wm and Eleanor Lachman of Massachusetts
in 1987. It forms a medium size hosta about 18 inches tall with
of around 40 inches. The broadly ovate leaves have a heart shaped base
and have slightly wavy margins. Its medium lavender flowers
bloom from late June into July followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009),
"I've always thought 'Galaxy' to be an outstanding specimen
plant in the garden, but it became a significant breeding plant
Jerry Hadrava ("Rosedale"
Dr. Ed Elslager of Michigan."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "With yellow-leaved hostas it will produce a more
jazzy effect. Easily reverts, so frequent division
is necessary to retain the particularly attractive
streaking and mottling. Among the best hostas with
streaked leaves...Leaves can have large areas of the
base color, but usually have more mottling than most
An article by
Bob Solberg in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that "William
and Eleanor Lachman crossed the better blues of
with their own line of variegated 'Beatrice' and 'Flamboyant'
hybrids to yield a large group of blue hostas with cream to
white variegation - unlike any previously introduced: 'Cherub'...and
registered in 1989 are two examples of this breakthrough. Some
may also consider the Lachman's earlier introductions of 'Carnival'
and 'El Capitan' as
breakthroughs for their substance and bright gold edges,
although 'Galaxy', their streaked
sibling, is of more value to hybridizers. All have 'Beatrice'
and some 'Tokudama' in