Hosta 'Hanky Panky'

A fast growing tissue culture sport of H. 'Striptease', this cultivar was registered by Hans Hansen and Shady Oaks Nursery of Minnesota in 2004 and received a U.S. patent in 2006. Leaves have a greenish gray center on this medium size (16 inches high by 30 inches wide) plant. It bears lavender flowers from late July into August. The leaf color pattern is highly variable from plant to plant.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has become very popular for its interesting changes in foliage color throughout the growing season."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: " most outstanding in early summer when the white halo is most clearly visible. Excellent in containers. Vigorous. Fast growing. The complex variegation may disappear unless the plant is frequently divided...Probably the most interesting of the many similar sports from H. 'Striptease'."

From The Hosta Journal, (2008 Vol. 39 No 1), "...has multiple personalities that develop throughout the growing season. In the spring, it features pale creamy yellow leaf margins, slightly dusted with green, surrounding a green center. The colors gradually begin to shift as the margin lightens to creamy white and the dark green center fades to creamy yellow. The characteristic white flash is always present between the leaf edge and center, but later in the season it becomes flanked by dark green...doesn't seem to grow as fast as 'Striptease' and will probably be slightly smaller at maturity."


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. 'Hanky Panky' and H. 'Yellow Polka Dot Bikini'.

United States Patent: PP16217   (2006)

Abstract: A new cultivar of Hosta hybrid Hosta ‘Hanky Panky’, a sport of Hosta ‘Striptease’, characterized by its unique variegated foliage with spring foliage having dark green centers and light green margins with a stripe of white that occurs at the junction of the center and the margin. The foliage changes in late summer and fall progresses and matures to a pattern having light centers with a deep green area replacing the white stripe area and greyed-yellow margins.



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