Thomas Donahue of
Massachusetts registered this
cultivar (named for his wife) in 1986 as a sport of H. 'Fortunei'.
The foliage starts the season as a green hosta with a
wide yellow medial (center) variegation. As the season
progresses, most specimens turn green. It forms a large size (23 inches high by about 41 inches wide) mound of somewhat cupped, slightly
corrugated leaves with better than average substance. The pale
lavender flowers bloom from mid-July into August.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...belongs to the class of cultivars
with 'Fortunei Albopicta' type
variegation. Like most of them, once the average daily
temperature reaches the upper 60's, its variegation fades away...formerly
known as 'Jacqueline', 'Marcia',..."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states: "Moderate to rapid growth rate...Central
variegation is overlaid with fine, netted veins."
"Plant is an unstable sport of H. 'Fortunei';
reverts to all green."
This was named for Sharmon Donahue.