Hosta 'Little Aurora'

Registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1978, this cultivar is a cross of H. 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' × H. 'Golden Waffles'. The mound grows to a medium size 14 inches in height and 40 inches wide with slightly wavy, moderately corrugated leaves with good substance. It bears very pale lavender flowers in late June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " outstanding source of both seedlings and sports...has also been sold as 'Golden Prayers' since the 1980s...listed parentage of 'Little Aurora' is highly questionable. Crosses between 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa' and 'Golden Waffles' yield medium to medium-large size plants with thick leaves at least 8-9" long by 7" widen. Even more significantly, the vein pair count would be around 16. 'Little Aurora' falls short in all of these categories...More likely the cross was something like 'Golden Waffles' x 'Flamboyant'..."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Scape is often no higher than the top of the foliage mound and the flowers tend to nestle among the leaves...Moderate to good growth rate but is most successful in cooler gardens...Much confused in the trade with H. 'Golden Prayers', which is larger and produces upright leaves in a praying position."

The Book of Little Hostas by Kathy and Michael Shadrack (2010) says: "Needs early morning sun to bring out good color. An ideal plant to provide color contrast in a mixed planting."

An article in The Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that H. 'Golden Prayers' and H. 'Little Aurora' are the same plant.

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