This fast growing classic hosta was
Pauline Banyai of Michigan
in 1976. She found it in a group of
Hyacinthina' seedlings. It has yellow medial (center) variegation with a green margin. It
is a large size (22 inches high by 60 inches wide) plant with lavender, funnel shaped flowers on 42
inch scapes from mid-July into August. This is a 'Fortunei' type
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Based on sports alone, 'Gold Standard' could be
thought of as the most significant hosta cultivar ever
produced...its outstanding growth rate, seasonal color changes,
and symmetrical mound habit make it an excellent subject for
just about any situation. It also has great durability and good
tolerance...Still, No hosta
collection is complete without
this cultivar. Unfortunately, many plants of 'Gold Standard'
being mass-marketed are now infected with
Hosta Virus X... Destroy
any infected plant material."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014),
"Around the year 2000, it became apparent that some nurseries had propagated
material infected with hosta virus x (HVX). For a few years, diseased plants of
'Gold Standard' were widely used in the landscaping industry and sold at major
chain stores to retail customers. The infection became so widespread that it
nearly ruined the cultivar. Nowadays, most nurseries sell clean stock..."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "It is very sensitive to light levels so site in
bright light to moderate shade, depending on summer heat and the leaf color
required. Emerges late from purple shoots. Vigorous, easy to grow. A colorful
specimen in the border and excellent in containers...A classic."
An article by
Bob Solberg in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that "No
discussion of hosta breakthroughs would be complete without
mention of Pauline Banyai's 'Gold Standard'. Discovered as a
sport, in 1970, in a shipment of H. fortunei 'Glauca', 'Gold
Standard' is of little used to hybridizers since it rarely sets
viable seed, but it was a harbinger of hostas to com. Gold with
a dark-green edge it has an attractive and rare combination."