Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina registered
this large size (24 inches high by 54 inches wide) cultivar in 1994. It is a sport of H. 'Fragrant
Bouquet' so it has fragrant flowers but does not set many seed pods.
broadly ovate foliage has a chartreuse colored center that turns brighter as the season
progresses. It has better than average substance and is moderately wavy. The
flowers are pale lavender and bloom from mid-August into September.
The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000),"The gold center becomes brighter during the season, and even more so with 1-2
hours of morning sunlight..."
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), states that this cultivar "...continues to increase
in popularity due to its attractive foliage, fragrant flowers, and fast growth
rate. In fact, 'Guacamole' and its sports would be an excellent starter
collection for those new to hostas."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases rapidly...The leaf margin is barely
visible in cooler climates even if exposed to sunlight."
This cultivar was the 2002 "Hosta of the Year" by the
American Hosta Growers Association.
An article about H. 'Fragrant Bouquet'
written by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1) states that, "Three
sports have been found by
Bob Solberg...H. 'Guacamole' has glossy yellowy
chartreuse leaves with a margin somewhat like the color of guacamole. Flowers
are fragrant...Another sport is 'Fried Bananas'. It is not variegated. The
leaves are shiny yellowy chartreuse. Flowers are fragrant. Solberg says 'Fried
Bananas' is good with 'Guacamole'...The third is 'Fried Green Tomatoes'; it's
another non-variegated sport having tomato-green foliage. The leaves are frosted
in spring and very shiny in summer. Flowers are fragrant also...All three are
fast growers. They do best given some direct sun."
C.H. Falstad writing about the stability of colors in hosta leaves in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "However, in a
variegated plant, when the cells don't stay in place, the leaves can end up all
one color, as when 'Guacamole'...goes back to 'Fried Green Tomatoes'...In rare
instances, a complete pattern reversal can occur, as with 'Flame Stitch'...from
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'...and 'Eskimo
Pie'...from 'Northern Exposure'..."
In an article in
Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No 2), the author
described this plant's flowers as having a "Strong" fragrance
compared to other hostas.