H. sieboldiana 'Northern Halo'

A large size (27 inches high by 74 inches wide) mounding plant, 'Northern Halo' was registered by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan in 1984. It is a sport of  H. sieboldiana 'Elegans' that has heavily corrugated foliage with thick substance. From mid-June into July, it bears near white flowers on 32 inch tall scapes.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Over the years, a number of 'Northern Halo' forms have been isolated...Some with very narrow, white margins develop the drawstring effect. Others have slightly wider edges that do not tear."

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "Eventually, a form with a wide, white margin won out and is the one now generally sold as 'Northern Halo'. In the mid-1990s, another form with the widest, white margin was introduced as 'Northern Exposure'...unlike gold-margined 'Elegans' types, 'Northern Halo' does not develop spring desiccation burn."

An article in The Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that H. 'Nutty Husband' and H. 'Northern Halo' are the same plant. It also says that there are at least 11 distinct forms of this cultivar being sold under this single name.


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