'Olive Bailey Langdon'

The Russ O'Harra Hosta Society registered this slow growing sport of H. 'Sieboldiana' in 1999. It was previously named H. 'Cover Girl' and was originated by Russ O'Harra of Iowa. The giant size mound is 31 inches high by 58 inches wide with foliage that is heavily corrugated with thick substance. Pure white flowers bloom from mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), " of 'Frances Williams'...very similar to 'Frances Williams' with one major exception: it does not develop spring desiccation burn in the gold margin to any significant extent."

An article titled Too Many Lookalikes by Bob Keller in The Hosta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 2) states that, "There are many registered 'Frances Williams' lookalikes including H. 'Aurora Borealis', H. 'Squash Edge', 'Holly's Green and Gold', 'Golden Circles' and 'Olive Bailey Langdon', as well as some unregistered ones."


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The 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.

H. 'Aurora Borealis', H. 'Fleeta Brownell Woodruffe', H. 'Frances Williams', H. 'Maple Leaf', H. 'Olive Bailey Langdon' and H. 'Samurai'.



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