Hosta 'Russell Lee'

A sport of H. 'Sunlight Sister', this cultivar was registered by the Russ O'Harra Hosta Society in 1999. It forms a large size (27 inches high) mound of foliage that is deeply lobed at the base, has moderate corrugation and slightly wavy margins. Near white flowers bloom from late June into July.

The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009) comments, "This cultivar is another that honors Russ O'Harra of Des Moines, Iowa. It came out of his specimen of 'Sunlight Sister', and was named after his death. It makes an attractive mound of gold-edged foliage that does not develop spring desiccation burn."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Neeta'.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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