Hosta 'Island Breeze'

Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan registered this medium size (12 inches high by 28 inches wide) tissue culture sport of H. 'Fire Island' in 2014. It was discovered by Hans Hansen and Ariel Diaz in the Walters greenhouse. 'Island Breeze' has medium green foliage with a greenish yellow medial (center) variegation. The leaves are broadly ovate, flat and dull on top with red petioles. Medium lavender, tubular flowers bloom from July into August. It sets seeds but their viability was undetermined at the time of registration.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The 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.

H. '', H. 'Island Breeze' and H. 'Volcano Island'.

United States Patent: PP27151  (2016)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Island Breeze’ with variegated foliage having a wide green margin and bright yellow centers with red stippling at the base of the leaf blades. The broad purple flowers in mid-summer are held attractively above the foliage of the medium-sized plant.

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