Hosta 'Titanic'

Registered by Hans Hansen and Shady Oaks Nursery of Minnesota in 1999, this is a sport of H. 'Sum and Substance'. It was granted a U.S. patent in 1999. This giant size (over 30 inches high) plant has a wide margin of gold color that changes to chartreuse as the summer progresses. It bears lavender flowers from late July into August on long, four foot tall scapes.

According to The Hostapedia by Mark Zilis (2009), "The margin is much wider than that of 'Lady Isobel Barnett' and 'Sum It Up', but about the same as 'Sum of All' and a few others."


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. 'Bottom Line', H. 'Sum of All' and H. 'Titanic'.


United States Patent: PP12402   (1992)

Abstract: A distinct cultivar of Hosta plant named ‘Titanic’, characterized by a unique variegation pattern with dark-green centers and relatively wide uneven yellow margins.


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