Hosta 'Silk Road'

The two images shown on this page are of the Hansen plant.


This is one of those cases where there are two hostas with the same name. Neither are currently registered with The American Hosta Society. The first one to be registered would become the "official" hosta of that name and the others would have to be renamed.


This non-registered cultivar is a sport of H. 'Silk Kimono' found in the garden of Hans Hansen of Minnesota. Shady Oaks Nursery was granted a U.S. patent for this cultivar in 2009. It forms a small plant about 13 inches tall by 32 inches wide with an upright shape. The pale lavender flowers bloom in mid-summer.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Silk Road' (Hansen)

United States Patent: PP19835   (2009)

Abstract: A new cultivar of Hosta named ‘Silk Road’, a chimeral mutation of Hosta ‘Silk Kimono’, characterized by its unique variegated foliage with deep green centers and wide creamy yellow to creamy white margins comprising about one half of the leaf area. ‘Silk Road’ has an upright plant habit of large broadly ovate leaves held horizontally on erect petioles and blooms with pale lavender flowers held on erect flower scapes in mid summer.


Originated by Alttara Scheer of Connecticut, this non-registered cultivar is of unidentified parentage. There are 3 pictures of this plant on the Hosta Library website which appear to show quite different plants.

Picture No. 1 - It is a large size hosta with upright, greenish yellow foliage. The leaves are ovate, moderately wavy and come to a point at the tip which bends downward.

Pictures No. 2 & 3 - Looks like a medium size hosta with greenish yellow foliage. The narrowly ovate leaves stand upright on tall scapes forming an open clump. Its leaves are very wavy,  moderately folded and come to a long point at the tip. The bullets appear to be reddish purple at the base near the ground.

Hosta Helper will call this plant 'Silk Road' (Scheer)

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