Hosta 'Independence'
 

A 2001 Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan registration, this cultivar was discovered by Jeff A. Westendrop as a tissue culture sport of H. 'Revolution'. It was patented in the U.S. in 2006. The hosta forms a medium size plant about 18 inches high and 43 inches wide. Funnel shaped, lavender flowers bloom from mid-July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...the "reversed sport" of 'Revolution'..."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Moderate growth rate...Superb in containers...Very conspicuous green flecking in the marginal variegation."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2008 Vol. 39 No. 2) states that, "Paul Aden in The Hosta Book mentioned that medio-variegated hostas develop plain-leaved forms more readily than margin-variegated hostas. My observations are that 'Revolution' develops all-green leaves more readily than 'Independence' does. Apparently this is to be expected because 'Revolution' has more white tissue than 'Independence' -- and it's white tissue that wants to "re-green"."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2015 Vol. 46 No.2) states that, "During the 50 or so years that 'Francee', a diploid...has been cultivated, some 75 sport descendents have been reported. About 20 are diploid and for the most part of lesser interest...the tetraploid sports...have been of principal attention. Examples are first generation H. 'Patriot' that sported...H. 'Loyalist' that sported...H. 'Revolution that sported...H. 'Independence'...H. 'Minuteman' and H. 'Pathfinder'...sported several tetraploid second generations of commercial interest."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Clifford's Broken Heart' and H. 'Olympic Glacier'.

Sports include H. 'Lakeside Zig Zag' and H. 'Nougat'.



United States Patent: PP17044   (2006)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Independence’ characterized by very thick substance in the leaves, deep green coloring, upright habit in youth, lavender flowers held nicely above foliage, wide creamy-white margin, and the margin containing numerous small green flecks suitable for landscape, potted culture, or cut flower arrangements.


 
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