Hosta 'Samurai'

A sport of H. 'Frances Williams', this cultivar of unidentified origin ation was registered by Mark Zilis of Illinois in 2010. It is a large size (26 inches high by 48 inches wide) hosta with medium blue-green foliage with golden yellow marginal variegation. The center turns medium green by mid-summer. The leaves are flat, moderately corrugated, broadly ovate, lightly wavy and have a glaucous bloom on top. Its near white flowers bloom in mid-June into July. Like many hostas of this type, this cultivar may suffer spring desiccation burn.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar was "...introduced by Paul Aden before 1981; have not been able to distinguish it from 'Frances Williams'."

In the past, this cultivar was credited to Paul Aden of New York but its status has been changed to "unidentified origin " recently.

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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