Hosta 'MonLisa'

Originated by Andres Alamillo and  Monrovia Nursery of California, this non-registered, but patented (No. 25,958) cultivar is a sport of H. 'Halcyon'.  It is a medium size hosta with blue-green leaves that have a wide creamy white marginal variegation. It bears pale lavender flowers from July into August.


An article in The Hosta Journal (2013 Vol. 44 No. 2) states that this is also sold by the Tradename or Trademark H. FROSTY RIBBONS. It should not be confused with the registered cultivar H. 'Mona Lisa' from Dr Dick and Jane Ward.


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 DEW, H. 'El Niño', H. 'First Frost', H. FROSTY RIBBONS, H. 'MonLisa', H. 'Sleeping Beauty', H. 'Sleeping Star' and H. 'Valley's Glacier'.

United States Patent: PP25958

Abstract: A new and distinct cultivar of Hosta plant named ‘MonLisa’, characterized by its medium-sized plant with uniformly mounding plant habit; vigorous growth habit; medium bluish green-colored leaves with wide creamy white-colored borders; pale lavender-colored flowers positioned on strong peduncles; and good garden performance.

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