Hosta 'Shogun'

Originated by Paul Aden of New York and registered by Mark Zilis of T&Z or Q&Z Nursery in Illinois and The American Hosta Society this cultivar is of unidentified parentage.

It is a large size (20 inches high by 68 inches wide) plant with medium green foliage that has white marginal variegation. The leaves are ovate shaped, deeply veined and slightly wavy. Medium lavender, funnel shaped flowers in July but the seed set is unknown.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...It impressed me with its large size mound size, attractive marginal variegation, and a semi-upright mound habit. At the same time, it appeared similar to several other 'Fortunei; type cultivars including 'Antioch', 'Fortunei Albomarginata', and Chet Tompkins' 'Jade Lancer'."

"Plant looks very much like H. 'Spinners' and H. 'Goldbrook' (UK) and H. 'Moerheim' (Netherlands). It also resembles H. 'Antioch', but the latter is larger with wider leaves. The margin in all these plants starts out yellow and turns white."


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.

H. 'Antioch', H. 'Moerheim', H. 'Shogun' and H. 'Spinners'.


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