Hosta 'Gypsy Rose'

This tissue culture sport of 'Striptease' was registered by Jim Anderson of Winterberry Farms in Georgia in 2003. Forming a medium size hosta about 16 inches high by 30 inches wide, this cultivar has ovate to elliptic ovate leaves with good substance. Its lavender flowers bloom in late July.


From The Hosta Journal, (2008 Vol. 39 No 1), "The differences between 'Gypsy Rose' and its parent 'Striptease' are, at best, minor. It would be incredibly easy for even the sharpest eye to mistake one for the other...these two hostas would have to be grown side by side for someone to recognize the subtle differences."

An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Gypsy Rose', H. 'Hot Kiss' and H. 'T Dawg'.



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