Hosta 'Sum Total'

This sport of H. 'Sum and Substance' was registered by Sandra Pedrick of Indiana in 1991. It is a giant size plant that grows 3 feet tall and spreads around 5 feet in diameter. The leaves have deeply lobed bases and are slightly corrugated, wavy with thick substance. Pale lavender flowers bloom from late July into August on scapes 4 feet tall.

Similar hostas include H. 'Lady Isobel Barnett' and H. 'Sum It Up'.

An article by Warren I. Pollock in The Hosta Journal (1996 Vol. 27 No. 2) states that, "I wrote about the exciting new sport of 'Sum and Substance' named 'Lady Isobel Barnett'...The leaves are thick, glossy dark green with an irregular narrow creamy-yellow margin." Pollock went on to identify other 'Sum and Substance' sports with similar leaf colors including H. 'David A. Haskell' and H. 'Sum Total'.


An article by Warren I. Pollack in The Hosta Journal  (2020 Vol. 51 No. 1) titled Doppelgänger Hostas: Fancy Name for Look-alike Hostas, included a long list of hostas which various hostaphiles, published articles or other sources have indicated "look" the same. Some of these are, in fact, the same plant with two or more different names. Others are hostas that vary in some minor trait which is not immediately discernable to the casual observer such as seasonal color variations, bloom traits, ploidy, etc. So, as Warren mentions, hostaphiles may differ as to the plants listed but then, their opinions are based on visual observations and interpretations.


H. 'Morning Light' is included on two look-alike lists in this article. Following an algebra rule I learned in the last century, if A=B and B=C, then A=C so all the hostas on both lists should be look-alikes...right?

List #1 - H. 'Lady Isobel Barnett', H. 'Sum It Up' and H. 'Sum Total'

List #2 - H. 'Sum It Up', H. 'Sum Total' and H. 'Tiffney's Godzilla'


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