Hosta 'Kingwood Center'

This is a sport of a seedling of H. sieboldiana 'Frances Williams' that was registered in 1993 by Kingwood Center in Mansfield, Ohio, which is located a short distance from Wade and Gatton Nursery and Wade Botanical Gardens. The large size mound is about 27 inches high and 52 inches wide. Like its ancestor, it also suffers some spring desiccation burn. Near white flowers bloom in June and July.

Similar cultivars include H. 'Borwick Beauty' and H. 'Du Page Delight'.


Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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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