This plant was registered by
Paul Aden of New York in
1978 as a hybrid of H. 'Yellow Splash'
× a seedling of H. 'Fortunei Robusta'.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...its heritage is certainly
The plant forms a medium size (16 inches high
by 36 inches wide) mound of
streaked foliage. Its leaves are rounded at the base, slightly
wavy and have average substance. From late July into August, it
bears medium purple colored flowers followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has yielded an
incredible number of variegated seedlings as well as a few
sports. It frequently stabilizes to the green-centered, creamy
margined form, 'Neat Splash Rim'."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Among the first streaked hostas used in breeding
and an excellent parent for variegated offspring...Very unstable variegation,
the leaves often having large patches of green with no streaking."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1998 Vol. 29 No. 1) states that, "...I'm
told there are nurseries that list H. 'Neat Splash' but actually sell and ship
H. 'Neat Splash Rim'..."
Stevens was a retired school teacher in the Boston area, noted for his
hybridization of daylilies...he thought he would try his hand with hostas.
Needing seeds and knowing of
Mildred Seaver...he purchased the H. 'Neat Splash' seeds from her...After germinating them and growing them on for a while,
he...asked her to grow on the hosta ones. She did. Not long afterward in 1983,
Don Stevens died. Of the H. 'Neat Splash' lot, she selected the best and named
it for him." The original plant was streaked but it soon settled into a
hosta with a yellow marginal variegation.