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
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 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'."
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.
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