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.
The Hostapedia by
Mark Zilis (2009), "Over the years, a number of
'Northern Halo' forms have been isolated...Some with very narrow, white margins
drawstring effect. Others have slightly wider edges that do not
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
An article in
Hosta Journal (1994 Vol. 25 No. 2) states that H.
'Nutty Husband' and H. 'Northern
are the same plant. It also says that there are at least 11
distinct forms of this cultivar being sold under this single name.