Hosta 'Paradigm'

This cultivar was registered by Dr. Charles Purtymun at Walden West Nursery in Oregon in 1999 as a sport of H. 'Abiqua Recluse'. A large size (22 inches high by 48 inches wide) plant, it has heavily corrugated, wavy foliage. The near white flowers are borne from late June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The gold leaf center of 'Paradigm' does not develop spring desiccation burn, making it a good substitute for 'Borwick Beauty', 'Du Page Delight' and other susceptible gold-centered cultivars."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Initially known as H. 'Abiqua Paradigm'...Increases rapidly."

'Paradigm' was voted the 2007 American Hosta Growers Association "Hosta of the Year".



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. 'Paradigm' appeared on two lists in the article. According to my last algebra class, if A=B and B=C, then A=C so it would seem that all hostas on the two lists would qualify as look-alikes.

List #1 - H. 'Brother Stefan' and H. 'Paradigm'

List #2 - H. 'Darwin's Standard', H. 'Dick Ward', H. 'Goldbrook Gayle' and H. 'Paradigm'

19 9.3
2003 #21
2004 #13
2005 #8
2006 #9
2007 #7
2008 #13
2009 #6
2010 #5
2011 #8
2012 #6
2013 #10
2014 #8
2015 #9
2016 #12
2017 #7
2018 #4
2019 #9
2020 #11
2021 #11


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