Hosta
'Loyalist'
 

Gert van Eijk-Bos of the Netherlands originated this cultivar which is a sport of H. 'Patriot'. It was registered by Clarence Falstad, III of Michigan in 1998 and re-registered with new data in 2018. The slow growing plant forms a medium size (12 inches high by 27 inches wide) mound of slightly wavy, slightly corrugated leaves. In July, it bears pale lavender flowers.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...comes very close to 'Fire and Ice' and, like the latter, grows slowly."

An article on "Look Alikes" in The Hosta Journal (2007 Vol. 38 No.1) listed H. 'Flash of Light', H. 'Loyalist', H. 'Paul Revere' and H. 'Fire and Ice' as cultivars that are difficult to distinguish from each other.

Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2008 Vol. 39 No. 2) says that, "H. 'Paul Revere'...also medio-variegated, is like 'Loyalist', or perhaps even identical to it. Also found in tissue-culturing 'Patriot', 'Paul Revere' has leaves with a dark green margin and wide white center. I'm now seeing all-green leaves on a few old 'Paul Revere' clumps. Do hostas with these green tetraploid leaves have a name? Mark Zilis calls them H. 'Midnight Ride'..."

Pollock continues in The Hosta Journal (2015 Vol. 46 No.2), "During the 50 or so years that 'Francee', a diploid...has been cultivated, some 75 sport descendents have been reported. About 20 are diploid and for the most part of lesser interest...the tetraploid sports...have been of principal attention. Examples are first generation H. 'Patriot' that sported...H. 'Loyalist' that sported...H. 'Revolution that sported...H. 'Independence'...H. 'Minuteman' and H. 'Pathfinder'...sported several tetraploid second generations of commercial interest."


 
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