This cultivar was registered by
Richard Rossing of Minnesota in 1998 as a
tissue culture sport of H. 'Vanilla Cream'.
The leaves are slightly convex, oval to round and have a distinct tip. This
medium size (15
inches high) plant has lavender flowers in late July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Most 'Vanilla Cream' sports prove to be outstanding
plants. 'Ice Cream' is no exception. It becomes a dense mound of
attractively variegated foliage and has a fast growth rate."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Lovely against a background of blue-leaved
An article by C.H. Falstad about the stability of colors in hosta leaves in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "Examples of
this backward mutations - which move the plant closer to its more natural state
of all-green leaves - are the yellow-leaved 'Vanilla Cream'...sporting to 'Wylde Green Cream'...which has a dark green margin and yellow center, and to 'Ice
Cream'...which has a green center and yellow margin...Some yellow-leaved
varieties seem to be able to mutate to forms with subtle variegation. H.
'Lakeside Symphony'...which comes from 'Piedmont Gold'...is an example, as is
the more recent green-margined 'Corn Belt'...which comes from 'Jimmy Crack
Similar cultivars include H. 'Sultana'.