Hosta 'Thunderbolt'
 

This non-registered but patented (U.S. Plant Patent 14,232) cultivar is a sport of H. 'Elegans'. It was introduced by Allen Rick Crowder of Hawksridge Farms in North Carolina in 2002. The mound reaches large size (27 inches high by 63 inches wide) with leaves that are heavily corrugated, wavy and somewhat unruly but with thick substance. Near white flowers bloom from mid-June into July.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "Information published by the U.S. Plant and Trademark Office lists 'Thunderbolt' as differing from the similar 'Dream Weaver' by having a wider margin and more "deeply furrowed" leaves...Unfortunately, try as I might, I cannot see any difference between the two and do not agree that 'Thunderbolt' has a wider margin. I'll keep studying!"

 

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. 'Dream Queen', H. 'Dream Weaver' and H. 'Thunderbolt'.


United States Patent: PP14232   (2003)

Abstract: A new cultivar of Hosta plant named ‘Thunderbolt’ that is characterized by vigor, white flowers in late spring and large variegated blue-green leaves with centers that change in color from golden to cream-white as the plant matures. In combination these traits set ‘Thunderbolt’ apart from all other existing varieties of Hosta known to the inventor.

 
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