This is considered one of the
best known sports (tissue culture) of the classic
It forms a giant
size (36 inches high by 70 inches wide) mound with typical
characteristics but is unique for it bold,
white marginal variegation. This cultivar was registered by
Inc. of Michigan in 1997.
The foliage is oblong-ovate
shaped with heavy corrugation and thick substance. It bears near
white flowers from mid-June into July followed by viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This is actually a form of 'Northern
Halo' selected for its very wide, consistent, white margins.
It does not develop the
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Slow to establish but well worth the wait."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1992 Vol. 23 No. 2) states that, "What's
the problem with 'Northern Halo'? Simply, there are several forms. The form that
people seem to want most has been difficult to obtain and lately has commanded a
premium price." Pollock goes on to explain that the differences in forms of
'Northern Halo' have mostly to do with the width of the margin variegation and
the size and shape of the leaves which varied from the original plant. These
variations have probably occurred due to lack of quality control at various TC
labs. To solve the problem, the originator of H. 'Northern Halo' has propagated
it with the "proper" form and sells it as H. 'Northern Exposure'."
C.H. Falstad wrote about the stability of colors in hosta leaves in
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "However, in a
variegated plant, when the cells don't stay in place, the leaves can end up all
one color, as when 'Guacamole'...goes back to 'Fried Green Tomatoes'...In rare
instances, a complete pattern reversal can occur, as with 'Flame Stitch'...from
H. ventricosa 'Aureomarginata'...and 'Eskimo
Pie'...from 'Northern Exposure'..."
An article in
Hosta Journal (2016 Vol. 47 No. 2) states that this also
sold under the Tradename
or Trademark of H.
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
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.
LEPRECHAUN'S LOOT, H. 'Northern