Hosta 'Golden Circles'
 

This sport of H. 'Frances Williams' was originated by Frances Williams of Massachusetts and registered by Peter Ruh of Ohio on her behalf in 1998. The large size clump grows about 24 inches in height with a spread of 50 inches. Its heavily corrugated blue-green foliage has chartreuse to gold colored marginal variegation. The leaves are deeply lobed at the base and have thick substance. Its near white flowers bloom from mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...does not develop spring desiccation burn as much as 'Frances Williams' making it a better choice."

An article titled Too Many Lookalikes by Bob Keller in The Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 2) states that, "There are many registered 'Frances Williams' lookalikes including H. 'Aurora Borealis', H. 'Squash Edge', 'Holly's Green and Gold', 'Golden Circles' and 'Olive Bailey Langdon', as well as some unregistered ones."



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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