Hosta 'Linda Sue'
 

 

A sport of H. 'Frances Williams', this cultivar was registered by Van Wade of Wade and Gatton Nursery of Ohio in 1999. It forms a large size clump about 20 inches high and 50 inches wide with heavily corrugated foliage with thick substance. The near white flowers in dense clusters bloom in mid-June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...does not suffer from much spring desiccation burn...Its overall size does not reach the proportions of 'Frances Williams', which may be due to its polyploid nature."

Sports include H. 'Laverne and Shirley' and H. 'Lucy and Ethel'.

An article in The Hosta Journal (2013 Vol. 44 No. 2) states that this was named for the daughter of Van and Shirley Wade.


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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