Hosta 'Lipstick Sunset'

Registered by Don Dean of Minnesota in 2018, this cultivar is a seedling of (H. laevigata x (H. 'Liberty Bell' x (H. 'Urajiro Hachijo' x H. pycnophylla) x (H. 'Liberty Bell' x H. yingeri)) × H. 'Beet Salad'. It is a medium size hosta about 13 inches high by 26 inches wide with yellow leaves. The foliage is slightly rippled, broadly ovate, slightly twisted, moderately wavy and slightly tiny on top. Its petioles are intensely red on both sides. Pale purple flowers bloom from late July into August on scapes 18 to 24 inches tall followed by viable seeds.

The registration materials state: "...Bright yellow in spring becoming light to medium green later, with saturated red coloration one quarter into the leaf blade both front and back. Scapes match the petioles...turns light to medium green."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term urajiro as white-backed or white underside.


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