Hosta 'Saint Elmo's Fire'

This sport of H. 'Sea Fire' was registered by Bob Solberg of Green Hill Farm in North Carolina in 1995. It forms a medium size (16 inches high by 45 inches wide) mound with moderately corrugated, slightly wavy leaves. Pale lavender flowers bloom on 3 foot tall scapes from late July into August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hosta Handbook by Mark Zilis (2000), " leaves gold-centered with white margins versus green-centered and white-margined with age creating a tricolor effect in an active stage of growth;"

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "This tissue culture sport out of 'Sea Fire' makes a neat plant for the garden at all stages of growth and times of the year."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "Well worth the trouble of finding the most appropriate site with some morning sun followed by good light or dappled shade. An attractive hosta but not very vigorous...Exhibits both yellow and green leaves throughout the growing season, making a colorful display."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 1) states that, "In 1995 Robert M. (Bob) Solberg...registered 'Saint Elmo's Fire' be correct, "Saint" should not be abbreviated to "St." in the named for the patron saint of sailors. The "fire" is actually discharges of electricity that occur during storms, especially over large bodies of water."


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