Hosta 'Lakeside Cricket'

This upright growing, miniature size (3 inches high by 4 inches wide) seedling of H. 'Lakeside Knickknack' was registered in 2003 by Mary Chastain of Lakeside Acres Nursery in Tennessee. The leaves are narrowly ovate in shape and green with a white medial (center) variegation which becomes speckled as the season progresses. Pale purple flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " not easy to grow, but it is of interest to collectors and hybridizers for its small size and white-centered foliage."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "This tiny plant needs special attention. Rain showers can cause mud and dirt to splash onto the underside of the leaves, causing problems. The very small rosettes look wonderful in a tray, trough, or rockery, where a gravel mulch can prevent splashback. Not easy to grow but worth the effort."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Miniature Hostas chapter: "Grow with other mini hostas in a dedicated border or in a container. Divide as soon as reversion in the leaves appears, which is likely as the parent is streaked and very unstable. ..Seems more robust than many other centrally variegated mini hostas...Differs from the parent in having clearly defined variegation and no streaking."

This cultivar won the 2003 Mildred Seaver Award at the First Look hosta competition as the best seedling as chosen by the Attendees.


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