This sport of H. 'Sum
and Substance' was registered by
Inc. of Michigan in 1997. It forms a giant size (36 inches high by 60 inches wide) mound of foliage that is
deeply lobed at the base, cupped up and down, and moderately
corrugated with thick substance. The leaves are light green with a thin, creamy
marginal variegation. From late July into August, this plant has large pale lavender flowers
on 4 foot tall scapes.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...I have come to like 'Parhelion'
more and more."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Very different from all other sports of H. 'Sum
and Substance' because of its thin, pale green leaves and narrow white
margin...The margin sometimes disappears altogether in parts of the leaf edge.
Increases rapidly but is not as robust as other sports of H. 'Sum and
In case you wondered, a
parhelion is: "A bright spot sometimes appearing on either side of
the sun, often on a luminous ring or halo."
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.
H. 'Parhelion' and