Hosta 'Reversed'

This cultivar was registered as a sport of H. 'Sieboldiana' by Paul Aden of New York in 1978. It grows to about 16 inches in height with a spread of around 46 inches. The dark green foliage has yellow to creamy white medial (center) variegation and is slightly corrugated, slightly wavy with average substance. Lavender flowers bloom in July followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...has never quite lived up to the promise it showed back in the mid-1980s...its poor growth rate, both in nursery containers and in the ground, doomed it to second-class status in the garden...Bill and Eleanor Lachman used it to produce four outstanding cultivars."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Origin: Sport of H. 'Splish Splash'...Slow to increase in all climates...Divide regularly to maintain the best balance between the margin and central variegation. Although a challenge to gardeners, it is a much-used breeding plant...Several forms have wider margins and more vigor."

The term "reversed" applies to plants that have the exact opposite variegation configuration from the mother plant. The reverse of a plant with a gold marginal variegation would be one with a gold medial (center) variegation pattern.

A Photo Essay article by Steve Chamberlain in The Hostta Journal (2010 Vol. 41 No. 1) makes comments about H. 'Brave Amherst', "William and Eleanor Lachman registered this cross of 'Christmas Tree' and 'Reversed' in 1993.. In maturity, it makes a large clump with impressive blue leaves that show a golden yellow margin of variable width."


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