Rob Mortko of
Made in the Shades Gardens in Kansas registered this
tissue culture sport
of H. 'Summer Breeze' in 2004.
It was granted a U.S. patent in 2007. This cultivar is a small size (7 inches
high by 18 inches wide) hosta with gold colored foliage that has
a thin green medial (center) variegation. The leaves are ovate,
unruly and curved. Pale lavender flowers bloom in July but this
plant does not bear many flowers.
The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "...has a unique appearance...This look, combined with its
very thick substance, indicated a change in ploidy level..."
Field Guide to Hostas by Mark Zilis (2014), "This is an odd plant, not one for widespread
landscape usage, but one to feature in that special
bed alongside 'Embroidery',
'Whee', and 'Praying
Hands'...As the plant matures the wrinkling
becomes more intense."
The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by
Grenfell (2009) states in its Hosta Hybrids for Connoisseurs chapter: "The
new leaves emerge solid green, the center gradually
turning yellow. This hosta will always be a talking
pint so should be placed where its interesting leaf
can be seen close up...The green leaf center appears
to be "stitched" onto the yellow margin, the
irregular vein pattern causing distortion and
puckering this area of the leaf."
cultivar won the 2011
Kevin Vaughn Award at the First Look hosta competition as the best sport as chosen by the AHS Judges.
An article on "Look Alikes" in
Hosta Journal (2007 Vol. 38 No.1) listed H. 'Woop
Woop', H. 'Stitch in Time' and H. 'Mango
Tango' as cultivars that are difficult to distinguish from
An article by
Dr. Ben J.M. Zonneveld, Warren I. Pollock,
Rob Mortko and
Steve Chamberlain in
Hostta Journal (2009 Vol. 40 No. 1) states that, "Every
few years, a totally new kind of hosta cultivar appears. Hosta 'Stitch in Time'...is such a cultivar...Why 'Stitch in Time' has this unusual leaf
structure is a mystery. Also a mystery is why, in propagation...by tissue
culture, the percent of true-to-type plants is abnormally low; there is an
uncustomary large number of solid green and solid yellow culls."