Hosta 'Maid in the Shade'

Registered by Jim Husemann of Iowa in 2009, this large size (19 inches high by 40 inches wide) cultivar is a hybrid of H. 'Chōkō Nishiki' (formerly H. 'On Stage'). The leaves are greenish yellow with a pale yellow marginal variegation. Its leaves are moderately wavy, broadly ovate and slightly shiny on top. Tubular flowers bloom from mid-July into August on scapes 18 to 24 inches tall.

According to the registration materials: "...very attractive color combination, good growth rate...margin turns white by summer..."

Mikiko Lockwood in an article on The Hosta Library titled, A Little About Japanese Hosta Terms defines the term nishiki as brocade (rich-colored woven fabric) i.e. something colorful and beautiful.


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