Hosta 'Queen Josephine'

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.

According to 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 Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Rated the best glossy leaved hosta."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The 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' 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."

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