Hosta 'Golden Waffles'

Originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts, this hybrid of two unnamed seedlings was registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1976. It forms a large size (23 inches high) mound of heavily corrugated, slightly wavy, bright gold foliage. The flowers are pale lavender and appear from late June into July followed by viable seeds. This cultivar has a slow growth rate. It is NOT susceptible to spring desiccation burn like some similar hostas.

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009) comments that, "In the areas of intense corrugation, bright gold color, and good substance, 'Golden Waffles' ranks highly. The gold color especially stands out on cloudy days or at disk."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "One of the earliest registered yellow-leaved hybrids. Much used as a parent because of its heavy substance and deeply seersuckered leaf. A classic."

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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