This sport of H. 'Sum and
Substance' was registered by
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
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
An article by
Warren I. Pollack in
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.
'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
List #1 - H.
Isobel Barnett', H. 'Sum
It Up' and
List #2 - H.
It Up', H. 'Sum
Total' and H. 'Tiffney's