Hosta 'Gold Standard'

This fast growing classic hosta was registered by Pauline Banyai of Michigan in 1976. She found it in a group of H. 'Fortunei 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 hosta.

According to 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 sun 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."

From the 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 Diana 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 The 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."


A large collection of Pauline Banyai's original stock of 'Gold Standard' have been donated to Michigan State University's Hidden Lake Gardens in Tipton, Michigan and may be seen in the picture below.

Copyright 2000 -