'Morning Light'

This uprighnt, medium size (20 inches high) hosta was originated by Dutch hybridizers, Gert van Eijk-Bos and Dirk van Erven and was registered in 2000. It is a reversed sport of  H. 'Twilight' with dark green foliage that has a creamy white medial (center) variegation. The broadly ovate leaves are slightly shiny on top. It bears pale lavender flowers on 3 foot tall scapes from mid-July into August.

The registration materials state: "...Very heavy substance, wide deep rich green margin, slightly more upright habit than its lightens to near white in heavy light...U.S. Patent PBR10603 QZ...Registration was modified in 2016."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Leaves emerge pale chartreuse with light olive green margins that darken later. Leaf tips are exceptionally long."

An article in The Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No. 2) states that this also sold under the Tradename or Trademark of H. STEAL THE LIMELIGHT.


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. 'Morning Light' is included on two look-alike lists in this article. Following an algebra rule I learned in the last century, if A=B and B=C, then A=C so all the hostas on both lists should be look-alikes...right?

List #1 - H. 'Morning Light' and H. 'Morning Star'.

List #2 - H. 'Morning Light', H. 'Paradise Glory', H. 'Saint Paul' and H. STEAL THE LIMELIGHT.


Application Date: 2001

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Morning Light’, characterized by very thick leaves, deep green margin, and a creamy yellow to creamy white center, that displays a unique upright habit and light lavender flowers held above the foliage on thick cream-colored scapes.


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