Hosta 'Striptease'

The outstanding large size (20 inches high by 50 inches wide) hosta was registered by Rick and Criss Thompson of Virginia in 1991. It is a sport of the classic, H. 'Gold Standard'.

This fast growing cultivar forms a mound of slightly wavy, smooth textured foliage of average substance. It bears pale lavender flowers from mid-July into August followed by viable seeds.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), this cultivar "...has been very popular among landscapers, gardeners, and collectors alike. Its notably thicker foliage and much wider green margin are the main differences from its mother plant, 'Gold Standard'...displays a narrow band of white between the leaf center and margin...an incredible source of mutations, nearly all through tissue culture."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas (2009) states: "Careful placement in the garden is essential to achieve the most pleasing seasonal and light-level variations in leaf color. Moderate to fast growth rate...As originally registered, it has only a few silver-white flecks, but later versions can have the flecking nearly all around the blade."

This cultivar has appeared on several of the Popularity Polls by members of The American Hosta Society. It was the 2005 "Hosta of the Year" by the American Hosta Growers Association.

       

This is one of an increasing number of cultivars which has been found to be susceptible to Hosta Virus X. As research continues, a greater number of cultivars are being reported where at least one plant has been confirmed to have been infected. Of course, this does NOT mean that you should not grow this hosta. Only that you should learn more about this potential problem and be on the look out for it in your garden and at the plant nursery.

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