Hosta 'Stetson'
 

This tissue culture sport of H. 'Wide Brim' was registered by Walters Gardens, Inc. of Michigan in 1997. It is a medium size (16 inches high by 25 inches wide) plant having narrowly ovate to ovate leaves with moderate corrugation and good substance.  Its pale lavender flowers open from mid-July into August.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The waviness and cupping are most noticeable in juvenile clumps of 'Stetson'. As it matures, the foliage broadens, lessening the visual effects of the wavy edges."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "Increases fairly rapidly. Best used as a feature plant in a large container...The edge is so markedly furled that the glaucous underside of the leaf offers another point of interest."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1997 Vol. 28 No. 1) states that, "H. 'Stetson' is a mutation of - and with the same variegation as - 'Wide Brim' a classic hosta, certainly a must have cultivar for any hosta fancier...The difference between the two hostas is that each side of the leaf blade of 'Stetson' curves (curls) upward.

...There already is a blue hosta with the leaf curling character of 'Stetson'. It is a seedling of H. 'Sieboldiana' (not H. 'Elegans' ) with pollen parent unknown. The leaf blades are canoe shaped, even more curled on the sides than 'Stetson'. Its very fitting name is 'Blue Canoe'...an exciting new introduction of Gwen Black who gardens in...England."

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (2003 Vol. 34 No. 1) states that, "In my view, boat-shaped or "keeled" is a better descriptor than folded. The leaf blade curves upward from the midrib similar to how a canoe looks...H. 'Stetson', 'Cowrie', 'Banana Boat', and 'Blue Canoe' are some other hostas with this folded or keeled leaf shape."

Similar cultivars include H. 'Cowrie' and H. 'Red Hot Poker'.


 
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