Hosta 'Rhino Hide'
 

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar was "...registered with parentage unknown (Walek 2008); H. 'Sieboldiana' or 'Tokudama' background." It was registered by Don Rawson of Michigan in 2007 and granted a U.S. patent in 2013.

From the Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "...possibly a sport of 'Love Pat' or a seedling in a bed of 'Love Pat'...should become part of every breeding program as it will certainly add durability to its seedlings."

It has tough, very thick, blue-green foliage with a narrow gold colored medial (center) variegation. The leaves are cupped, heavily corrugated, very broadly ovate, unruly and deeply lobed at the base. This slow growing hosta should form an upright, medium size mound about 12 inches high and 39 inches wide. Near white flowers bloom from late June into July followed by viable seeds.

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Best grown away from a tree canopy to avoid falling detritus damaging the leaves...Probably has the thickest leaves of any hosta."

Significant seedlings include H. 'Rhino Blue' and sports include H. 'Rhino Tuff'.


United States Patent: PP23665  (2013)

Abstract: A new and distinct Hosta plant named ‘Rhino Hide’ characterized by nearly rounded leaves having thick substance, and variegation of wide bluish-green margins and golden chartreuse centers. The new plant has demonstrated slug resistance beyond any other tested cultivars and also avoidance of late spring frosts. It is able to tolerate full-sun conditions without burning of leaves. Hosta ‘Rhino Hide’ produces early season near white flowers above the foliage and is suitable for garden landscape, potted culture, or cut flower and foliage arrangements.

 
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