This hybrid of H. 'Iron
Gate Supreme' × H. 'Green
Fountain', was registered by
Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in 2002. It is a medium size
(18 inches high by 40 inches wide) plant that has intensely
rippled, wavy leaves with serrated margins. The whitish flowers that
bloom in July are slightly fragrant.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "When Bob Solberg showed me 'Ginsu Knife' in 1998, I
was impressed with the combination of marginal variegation and many
irregular marginal ripples. In the garden it exhibits great
distinction, making it immediately recognizable and a tremendous
specimen at the same time."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "The leaves can be rather flaccid. unstable variegation can produce streaking into the center of the blade and has now
produced a streaked form...a superb, distinct, recent introduction...A
dramatically arching, serrated leaf accentuated by an exaggeratedly twisted
Sports include H. 'Ginsu Knife
Supreme' and H. 'Machete'.
An article about H. 'Ginsu Knife' by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (2002 Vol. 33 No. 2) states that, "Quite possibly this seedling of
Bob Solberg...is the best new 2002
introduction...according to Solberg, ...it has taken us almost 15 years from
seed to shipping to get this hosta to you. It is one of those hostas that, as
soon as it came out of the ground as a seedling, caught my eye, not because it
was incredibly beautiful but because it was incredibly weird."