Hosta 'Solar Flare'

This large size (26 inches high by 53 inches wide), arching hosta of unidentified parentage was developed by Henry Ross and registered in the name of his Gardenview Horticultural Park at Strongsville, Ohio in 1981. It also holds U.S. patent number PP7046 which was the second hosta to receive a patent. The leaves are broadly ovate, slightly rippled and corrugated with thick substance. Very pale lavender flowers bloom from late June into July.

'Solar Flare' was re-registered in  2010 as a giant size hosta which grows up to 40 inches in height with a spread of around 120 inches.

The registration materials state: "Page 41 of the '2010 Registrations' supplement to THJ provides the RE-registration details for H. 'Solar Flare'."

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Given good conditions, 'Solar Flare' becomes a magnificent, mammoth-size plant that can be the focal point of any shaded landscape. By now it should be gracing every shade garden, certainly every host collection, but that is not the case. After Henry Ross was granted the patent for 'Solar Flare' in 1989, a few companies were granted permission to market it. When they stopped offering it, 'Solar Flare' became a rare find...In 2006 my nursery (Q&Z Nursery, Inc.) began offering it to the wholesale market and it's once again available."

Zilis also states, "described in the U.S. patent application...from a mixture of open-pollinated seedlings descended from 'Frances Williams', 'Tokudama Aureonebulosa', and 'Fortunei Aurea'..."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Leaves become flatter with the edges more widely undulate when grown in full shade. Midrib and veins usually remain green."


Q&Z Nursery closed in the fall of 2014.

United States Patent: PP07046   (1989)

Abstract: A novel variety of Hosta, characterized by its large leaves of golden color borne
on a large plant.

H. 'Solar Flare’ Gardenview Hort. (ONIR) 1981
Plant: 72 in. (182.9 cm) diameter; 30 in. (76.2 cm) high.
Leaf: 39 in. (99.1 cm) long; 12 in. (30.5 cm) wide; 19 vein pairs; deep yellow to chartreuse; intensely veined.
Flower: pale lavender; Strongsville, OH; July 7 to July 21.
Seed: seed set unknown.
Clump History: original; Strongsville, OH.
[parentage unknown]

H. 'Solar Flare’ Gardenview Hort. (ONIR) RR2010
Plant: 120 in. (304.8 cm) diameter; 40 in. (101.6 cm) high.
Leaf: 14 in. (35.6 cm) long; 10.375 in. (26.4 cm) wide; 17 to 20 vein pairs; golden yellow; slightly rippled; moderate glaucous bloom underneath, broadly ovate; slightly corrugated.
Scape: 36 in. (91.4 cm) long.
Flower: 2.75 in. (7 cm) long; pale lavender; Strongsville, OH; June 21 to July 15.
Seed: sets viable seeds.
Clump History: original; Strongsville, OH.
[parentage unknown]


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