Bernard Chodyla of Florida in 2004, this hosta is a non-registered
cultivar. It was patented in 2011 as H.
'Host Sun 08'
and was listed as a "selection" from a large grouping of
'So Sweet' propagated in a nursery in northern Florida.
A large size (22 inches high
by 50 inches wide) plant, it has slightly shiny,
wavy and smooth textured leaves. Its foliage is green with a creamy
white marginal variegation. The flowers are pale lavender,
fragrant, funnel shaped and bloom in August but produces few viable
SUNHOSTA™ is one hosta
which appears to do well in the subtropical parts of the
southern parts of Florida where frosts are exceedingly
rare. Unlike most other hostas, this one is able to go
through a year without going dormant and being exposed
to chilling temperatures to complete dormancy.
In an article in
Hosta Journal, (2016 Vol. 47 No 1),
Warren I. Pollock states, "It is also important to
emphasize that SunHosta and SUNHOSTA are improper
cultivar epithets under the Code. Neither can be
registered - if for no reason other than the epithets
contain the common name for the genus Hosta...SUNHOSTA
is the trade designation, not SunHosta...
My conclusion is that
SUNHOSTA ('Host Sun 08') and 'So Sweet' look alike. They
both grow well in the North. Seemingly, 'So Sweet' has
not been grown in southern Florida, but likely
would perform there as well as SUNHOSTA."