This slow growing, large
size (25 inches high by 63 inches wide), gold leaf cultivar of
was originated by
David Stone of Connecticut and Frank and Henry Payne of Piedmont Gardens
which registered it in 1982. Its foliage is
oblong ovate shaped, slightly rippled and slightly corrugated.
The plant forms near white flowers from late June into July on
nearly 3 feet long scapes. It sets viable seeds.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...ranks as one of
the premier large, gold leaved hosta cultivars...does not
spring desiccation burn that afflicts other golden H. 'Sieboldiana'-types."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "The color assumes a paler yellow hue in autumn...A
classic hosta, the parent of many sports, and used as both a pod and pollen
parent in hybridizing...Leaves of juvenile plants are smooth, only becoming
ribbed and seersuckered as the plant matures."
An article by C.H. Falstad about the stability of colors in hosta leaves
Hosta Journal (2006 Vol. 37 No. 1) says, "Examples of
this backward mutations - which move the plant closer to its more natural state
of all-green leaves - are the yellow-leaved 'Vanilla Cream'...sporting to 'Wylde Green Cream'...which has a dark green margin and yellow center, and to 'Ice
Cream'...which has a green center and yellow margin...Some yellow-leaved
varieties seem to be able to mutate to forms with subtle variegation. H.
'Lakeside Symphony'...which comes from 'Piedmont Gold'...is an example, as is
the more recent green-margined 'Corn Belt'...which comes from 'Jimmy Crack