This medium size (17 inches high by 34 inches wide)
plant with a creamy yellow marginal variegation with a
dark green center is a sport of H. 'Josephine'
which was registered by
Bob Kuk of Kuk's Forest in Ohio in 1991. The leaves are ovate, slightly
wavy and smooth textured with good substance. Pale
purple flowers bloom from late July into August on three
foot tall scapes.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Its good growth rate and
distinct variegation make 'Queen Josephine' an
outstanding choice as a ground cover or specimen plant.
Its substance is thicker than that of 'Neat
Splash', the pod parent of 'Josephine'."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Rated the best glossy leaved hosta."
An article by Warren I. Pollock in
Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 2) states that, "Bob Kuk
named this plant for his mother...H. 'Josephine' is relatively unstable. It
sports to two different hostas. One has leaves that are all green that he named
'Joseph' after Joe Duale, his stepfather...The other sport he named 'Queen Josephine'...it has green leaves with a wide margin, yellow when it emerges and
then becoming creamy white. There is often some slight streaking of the margin
toward the midrib...Both 'Joseph' and 'Queen Josephine' are exceptional in that
they have very shiny, glossy leaves."