Hosta 'Golden Scepter'

Robert Savory of Savory's Gardens in Minnesota registered this sport of H. 'Golden Tiara' in 1983. The mound grows into a medium size hosta about 14 inches in height and a width of 35 inches. Its leaves are slightly wavy and have average substance. The flowers of this cultivar are pale purple and bloom in July.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Slower growing than its parent."

"Plant is the yellow form of H. 'Golden Tiara' which is a derivation of H. nakaiana showing vestiges of ridges on the scape."

An article about leaf color change by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1991 Vol. 22 No. 1) cites an extract from The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid on seasonal changes in hosta leaf colors:

Viridescence Emerging with yellow or whitish color that ultimately become increasingly green. An example is H. 'Fortunei Albopicta' whose green-bordered leaves have a beautiful, bright yellow-colored center in the spring that turns to green by midseason.
Partial Viridescence Emerging with yellow or whitish color that turns to chartreuse (yellowish green), sometimes a dark chartreuse. One example is H. 'Kabitan'; two others are 'Golden Scepter'...and the center leaf coloring of 'Golden Tiara'.
Lutescence Emerging green or chartreuse and turning yellow or whitish yellow. The coloring of leaf centers of 'Gold Standard'. an example.
Albescence Yellow, yellowish green or green areas that turn to near white. Examples are the center leaf coloring of 'Janet'...and the margins of 'Antioch'...and H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'.

In an article about hybridizing by Tony Avent in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1),  Tony gives the following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Sweet Tater Pie' - H. 'Golden Scepter' x H. yingeri - a totally new look in hostas...the leaves look waxy gold, rippled with different colors in each ripple...wonderful yingeri-like flowers."

An article by Gwen Black from England in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 2) answers the question, "Which hosta makes the most outstanding golden dazzle in the early growth?...candidates were: 'Goldsmith', 'Gold Haze', 'Platinum Tiara', 'Golden Scepter', 'Sea Fire', 'Golden Oriole', 'Hadspen Samphire', 'Bizarre', 'Anne Arett' and 'Granary Gold' and on this occasion the award went to H. 'Golden Oriole' with H. 'Granary Gold' a close second."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2000 Vol. 31 No. 1) states that, "H. 'Diamond Tiara' (Zilis - 85). This is my favorite member of the Tiara Group because its green leaves having a white border don't lose their pizzazz and become blah as do its siblings, such as H. 'Golden Tiara' (Savory - 77) and the gold leaved H. 'Golden Scepter' (Savory - 83) in my garden come summertime."

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