Hosta 'Ice Age Trail'

This streaked tissue culture sport of H. 'Big Daddy' was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 2003. It grows to a medium size about 16 inches high and 3 feet wide with moderately corrugated leaves of thick substance. Dense clusters of near white flowers bloom in late June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...tendency to revert to more stable forms over time, so culling of off type shoots is necessary...good plant for breeding thick-substanced, variegated seedlings."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "...a specimen or accompanied by plainer green foliage to complement the "jazziness" of the leaves. The glaucous bloom gradually disappears from the upper leaf surface. Slow to increase...Divide frequently to retain the leaf pattern...Leaves are a very colorful, but unstable blend of blue, chartreuse, golden yellow, and pale cream."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Dorothy Benedict'.


These 2010 photos were taken at the Ralph (Herb) and Dorothy Benedict Hosta Hillside in Michigan, tours and vendors at The American Hosta Society National Convention in Minnesota, Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens in Ohio, Toledo Botanical Garden and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

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