Hosta 'Robert's Rapier'


This sport of H. 'White Christmas' was registered by Bob Keller of Illinois in 1996. The dark green leaves have a very narrow white medial (center) variegation. It grows about 13 inches tall with a spread of around 38 inches. The foliage is slightly rippled and has smooth texture. Pale lavender flowers bloom from late July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...goes to the extreme of narrow leaf centers. Its white center follows the midrib of the leaf blade and not much more."


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. 'Gamma Ray', H. 'Glen Ray' and H. 'Robert's Rapier'.


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