Hosta 'Love Pat'

This deeply cupped, dark blue hosta was originated by Florence Shaw of Massachusetts and registered by Paul Aden of New York in 1978. It is a hybrid of H. 'Blue Velvet' × H. 'Blue Vision'.

Forming a large size (19 inches high by 40 inches wide) mound, this cultivar is known for its thick, heavily corrugated, broadly ovate and cupped foliage. It produces dense clusters of near white flowers from late June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Though slow-growing, 'Love Pat'ranks among the best in the blue-green cultivar category. As it matures, the corrugation increases and it becomes somewhat unruly."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "In the hottest climates the leaves turn dark green after mid-summer. Slow to increase in its early years but much faster growing in maturity."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal  (2014 Vol. 45 No. 1) states that, "The American Hosta Society Cultivar Origination Commission…concluded that Kevin C. Vaughn and the late Florence Shaw should be credited for some of Aden’s registrations…Eight of Paul Aden ’s crème de la crème registrations are credited to Kevin Vaughn as originator and 16 to Florence Shaw…Among them are H. ‘Fragrant Bouquet’ (K. Vaughn – 1982), ‘So Sweet’ (K. Vaughn –1986), ‘Zounds’ (F. Shaw – 1978), ‘Love Pat’ (F. Shaw – 1978), ‘Sum and Substance’ (F. Shaw – 1980) and ‘Blue Angel’ (F. Shaw – 1986)."

This cultivar has been awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit in the UK.

An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.


H. 'Blue Splendor' and H. 'Love Pat'.


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