A fast growing
tissue culture sport of H. 'Striptease',
this cultivar was registered by
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.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has become very popular for its
interesting changes in foliage color throughout the growing
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "...is 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'."
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
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.
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