Hosta 'Lady Isobel Barnett'

Diana Grenfell from England registered this cultivar in 1996 as a sport of H. 'Sum and Substance'. It is a giant size (33 inches high by 78 inches wide) plant with gold leaf margins and 15 pairs of veins. Pale lavender flowers bloom from late July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...was the first green-centered sport of 'Sum and Substance' to be widely propagated by tissue culture. Its margin is noticeable but narrow in comparison to several newer cultivars."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "...adequate moisture will encourage deep seersuckering and puckering of the leaves...Yellow margins of similar cultivars are said to be visible earlier in the new season's growth, but once they are all in full growth, there is virtually no difference in the width or the color of the margins. Lovely with orange daylilies but impressive as a specimen in a huge container."

Note: Isobel Barnett popularly known as Lady Isobel Barnett, was a British radio and television personality, famous during the 1950s and 1960s. Fuchsia 'Lady Isobel Barnett' is also named for her.


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