Hosta 'Garden Treasure'

Jim Schwarz of Jim's Hostas of Iowa (now owned by Uniquely Hostas of Wisconsin) registered this sport of H. 'Treasure' in 1997. The large size mound grows to about 24 inches in height with a spread of 60 inches. Its leaves are broadly ovate, heavily corrugated and have thick substance. Very pale lavender flowers borne in dense clusters bloom starting in late June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Searching for a gold-edged, H. 'Sieboldiana'-type that does not develop spring desiccation burn? Try 'Garden Treasure'."

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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