Hosta 'Super Nova'

Mark Zilis of Illinois registered this reversed H. 'Aurora Borealis' tissue culture sport in 1999. This cultivar forms a large size (25 inches high) mound of moderately corrugated, wavy foliage with thick substance. The near white flowers bloom from mid-June into July. It has a wider margin and does not "burn" as severely as similar types.

Large, blue-green hostas with a gold/yellow marginal variegation such as H. 'Frances Williams', a medial (center) variegation like H. 'Brother Stefan' or yellow/gold leaf H. seiboldiana related cultivars such as H. 'Golden Sunburst' can make very attractive statements in the garden. Unfortunately, some of this type of hosta suffer from a physiological disorder called "spring desiccation burn".

For some reason, these plants often sustain discoloration and damage to the gold/yellow variegated margin or center of the leaf. Although this does not kill the plant, it does make it unattractive looking later in the season.

We have accumulated sample lists of similar size and color cultivars noted as being Resistant or Susceptible to spring desiccation burn.

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