Hosta 'Laura and Darrell'

This cultivar was originated by Handy Hatfield of Ohio but Dr. Dick and Jane Ward, also of Ohio registered this sport of H. 'Zounds' in 1997. It forms a large size (24 inches high) mound of moderately corrugated, somewhat unruly foliage with thick substance. The plant has very pale lavender flowers from late June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This plant mutated out of the same 'Zounds' clump as 'Dick Ward', the gold-centered, green-margined sport. Neither are subject to spring desiccation burn and make good substitutes in the landscape for H. 'Sieboldiana'-types that burn."

Similar cultivars include H. 'American Eagle' and H. 'Gilded Cup'.

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.


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