Hosta 'Helonioides'
aka H. 'Helonioides Albopicta'
 

There has been some confusion as to the proper name of this small, white margined hosta. It was originally considered a species, H. helenoides but Schmid (1991) changed its status to a cultivar, H. 'Helonioides'.

The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000) believes that it is the same plant as the classic H. 'Ginko Craig while the plant that was sold in the U.S. for many years as H. heloniodes albo-picta is actually H. rodefolia.

This cultivar from Japan forms a small size mound of narrow green foliage with a thin, creamy white marginal variegation. It bears purple flowers in August.

Similar hostas include H. 'Green Smash'.


In 1991 the then most comprehensive book about hostas, The Genus Hosta by W. George Schmid, was published. It was the first intensively researched book about the entire genus which, until that time, suffered from a lot of misinformation and name confusion. As the result of his research, Schmid determined that several of the plants previously treated as separate, naturally occurring, species were, in fact, cultivated varieties, i.e. cultivars, created by nurseries and hybridizers or of unidentified origin .

This hosta is one which was historically considered a natural species but was changed to a cultivar by Schmid.

For more on this process.. .

Species switched to cultivar status in 1991 include:
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Crispula '
 
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Decorata '
 
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Fortunei '
 
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Helonioides'
 
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Lancifolia '
 
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Opipara '
 
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Tardiflora '
 
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Tokudama '
 
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Undulata '
 

 
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