Hosta 'Sultana'

This early tissue culture sport of H. 'Little Aurora' was registered by Wm Zumbar of Ohio in 1988. It forms a small size mound about 16 inches tall with a spread of 30 inches. The leaves are slightly corrugated with good substance. It bears pale lavender flowers in late June.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Bill Zumber found this tissue culture Klehm Nursery and quickly recognized its value. Its sharply contrasting variegation and dense, symmetrical mound habit rank it near the top of medium-size, gold edged cultivars."

The New Encyclopedia of Hostas by Diana Grenfell (2009) states: "A most striking variegated small hosta suitable as a specimen plant for the border or a container...Scapes bear attractively variegated leafy bracts."


"A sport of yellow-leaved 'Little Aurora' with a pronounced green center. I saw it in a tour garden at the 1991 AHS National Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina, and fell in love with it on the spot. Then saw it in gardens at the 1992 AHS convention and had to have it. A month later, I saw it in a northern Virginia garden where its distinctiveness was again easily noticed, even though it was in a large grouping of very noteworthy hostas. Not a fast grower and very small plants don't look too much different from young 'Golden Tiara' plants. Like 'Little Aurora', it makes a very nice clump and withstands considerable direct sunlight. My experience with 'Little Aurora' is that it needs some sun for best coloring, so I think this would also apply to 'Sultana'. 'Little Aurora's' leaves are chartreuse when they unfurl in spring and then turn to a bright yellow a few weeks later; I suspect 'Sultana's' margin does the same. Available from Bill Zumbar at his Adrian's Flowers of Fashion Nursery, Alliance, Ohio for $50.00"

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