Briggs Nursery of Washington registered this cultivar in 1996. It is a sport of H. 'Little Aurora' that forms a medium size (15 inches high) mound of
foliage with good substance. The leaves are seersuckered,
slightly rippled, slightly cupped and broadly ovate. Very pale lavender flowers bloom
fro late June into July.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar is "...sensational"
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009) adds, "With its sharply contrasting
variegation and slug resistance, 'Little Sunspot' rates as the
best sport out of 'Little Aurora'."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Outstanding in leaf form and leaf color contrast,
but divide frequently to prevent reversion...The marked contrast
between the dark green margins and the bright golden leaves."
An article by
Bob Solberg in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that "Bob
Savory's 'Lemon Lime' and 'Golden
Tiara', both registered in 1977, are hosta breakthroughs,
but not because H. nakaina is their parent. (It is also
the parent of many of
Fisher's small-to-medium sized hybrids.) Rather it is
because of their bright spring color and extremely fast rate of
increase. 'Golden Tiara' is often listed as a H. nakaiana
hybrid, as 'Lemon Lime' is, but it is really an induced mutation
of a H. nakaiana seedling.
In an effort to create hostas that rapidly increased, seven
hundred fifty H. nakaiana seedlings were treated with a
mixture of hormones and vitamins. The sport of one of these
seedlings was named 'Golden Tiara'. No hostas compare with these
two of Savory's for rate of increase or repeat blooming
throughout the season."