This sport of H. 'Blue Angel' was registered
in 1995 by
Rick and Criss Thompson of Virginia. It forms a large size (21 inches high by 75 inches wide) mound of
foliage that has a misty white center which turns green as the
summer progresses. Near white flowers bloom from late June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This still ranks as one of the best sports
developed in the last 20 years. Rick Thompson first told me of this plant in
1993, but my first viewing of it left me awestruck. It makes a spectacular
specimen in the shaded landscape and will keep its variegation for much of the
season if it receives an hour or two of direct sunlight each day."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...Rick Thompson was very proud of this plant, one of two classic hostas that
he developed, with 'Striptease' being
the other...Few large hostas have a more spectacular show of variegated foliage
in spring than 'Guardian Angel'."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "May
need re-siting more than once to obtain the maximum effect from the unusual
variegation. Divide frequently...The twisted appearance of the leaf is more
apparent in young plants before the leaf has flattened and expanded with
maturity. The variegation is not visible on the second flush of leaves."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "H. 'Blue
Angel' is one of the best large blue-leaved hostas. The leaves are more pointed
and less seersuckered than those of H. 'Elegans'
. I happen to think
the leaves are a good blue color; there are other big hostas with bluer
leaves...it is a faster grower than H. 'Elegans'
...an exciting new
sport of 'Blue Angel'. ..H. 'Guardian Angel' is a blue-leaved hosta with an
attractive, wide center variegation....Not surprisingly, 'Green Angel' is the