This classic hosta was introduced by
John Bond of
Savill Gardens in
England and was registered by
Paul Aden of New York on his behalf in 1988. It is a
giant size (29 inches high by 58 inches wide) hosta
which is a sport of H. sieboldiana 'Elegans'.
The bright yellow center of the blue-green
leaves tends to turn white as the summer progresses (albescence). It is a slow growing plant with thick substance and near white, bell-shaped flowers on 33 inch scapes from late June into July
followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "...its stature in the world of hostas has only
increased. A mature specimen has a significant impact on any
garden in which it grows. Its only negative is a slow growth
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "In
many regions growers find it lacks vigor; indeed, it can dwindle
rather than increase in size. Only the arresting tonal
variegation of the leaves keeps this hosta in favor."
It has been reported that this
cultivar may be more difficult to grow in hotter parts of the
country i.e. the South. Growers in that region have found that a
mature clump may begin to decline for no apparent reason.
However, it is not susceptible to a problem called spring
desiccation burn which afflicts similar types of hostas.
has appeared several times in the Popularity Poll by members of
The American Hosta Society.