Hosta 'Northern Star'

This is a sport of H. 'Elegans' that has a chartreuse margin. Registered by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan in 1993. It forms a large size (27 inches high) plant with moderately corrugated, wavy leaves with thick substance. Near white flowers bloom in mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "I have yet to figure out why 'Northern Star' has been a failure in the garden. It should have been a non-burning improvement on 'Frances Williams'...Skip this one unless you have to have them all."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Louise Ryan'.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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