Hosta 'Outhouse Delight'

This cultivar registered by Tony Avent of Plants Delight Nursery in North Carolina in 1998 (and revised in 1999) is a seedling of H. 'Undulata'.  It forms a miniature to small size (6 inches high by 18 inches wide) mound of green speckled foliage that is ovate, wavy and has thin substance. Lavender flowers bloom in July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Tony Avent's vast sense of humor went into overtime on this aptly named cultivar. One of its claims to fame is that it proves that 'Undulata' is not a completely sterile plant. As a garden specimen it is an oddity, on that should be put in a special place."

The correct spelling of the name for the cultivar published in The Hosta Journal Vol. 30 No. 1 page 111 is H.‘Outhouse Delight’ rather than “Out House Delight.

In an article about hybridizing by Tony Avent in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 1),  Tony gives the following comments on cultivars he has introduced: "H. 'Outhouse Delight' - a breakthrough plant...white speckled leaves, stoloniferous (Hostas are rhizomateous) habit...simply the ugliest hosta ever hybridized, but the best parent ...Keep your eyes peeled for some real knockouts.

...H. 'White Wall Tire' - the most talked about hosta in our garden...seedling of H. 'Outhouse Delight'...makes a large H. 'Fortunei' like clump of white-frosted leaves...very vigorous...coming soon to a catalog near you.

...H. 'Outhouse Delight' is our biggest breakthrough, followed by H. 'Elvis Lives'. I am real excited about a coming introduction, H. 'Old Yeller', a cross with H. yingeri and H. 'Sun Power'...pretty incredible...brilliant unique golden color, ruffled leaves, yinger-like flowers...takes full sun...Oh, Baby!"


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