Hosta 'Pole Cat'

This non-registered sport of H. 'Striptease' is from Ran Lydell of Cooks Nursery and Eagle Bay Gardens in New York. It forms a medium size (17 inches high by 36 inches wide) mound with lavender flowers blooming from mid-July into August.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Leaves emerge early. The early season blue cast to the green margin gradually disappears but can be enjoyed for longer if protected from sunlight...Divide frequently."

From The Hosta Journal, (2008 Vol. 39 No 1), "...white-centered sports, 'White Bikini' and 'Pole Cat', have been named but are not as widely available as 'Risky Business'. Both are very similar, if not identical, to it."


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. 'Pin-up', H. 'Pole Cat', H. 'Risky Business', H. 'Stripped Naked', H. 'White Bikini' and H. 'White Line Fever'.



bullet H. 'Pin-up'
bullet H. 'Pole Cat'
bullet H. 'Risky Business'
bullet H. 'Stripped Naked'
bullet H. 'White Bikini'
bullet H. 'White Line Fever'
  1. H. 'Jerzy'

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