Rick Crowder of Hawksridge Farms in North Carolina and registered by AHS/G.
H. Alley in
this upright cultivar is
sport of H. 'Elegans'.
The foliage is dark bluish green (131A RHS Chart) with
strong yellow green (144C RHS Chart) medial (center)
variegation. Its broadly ovate to nearly round leaves
are slightly wavy, moderately corrugated with prominent
veins. The top and bottoms of the blades
a glaucous bloom.
The registration materials state: "...Bright yellow
green centers are framed by extremely wide, blue green
margins. Nearly round leaves are corrugated, very thick
and deeply furrowed. Vigorous grower...Center color on
older leaves tun almost white. Once the glaucous bloom
fades the leaves are dull to very slightly shiny."
Plant Patent PP14,232 and PBR18193 QZ
This non-registered but patented () cultivar is a sport of H. ''.
It was introduced by 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.
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
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.
'Dream Queen', H. 'Dream
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.